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News Posted on April 16, 2018

Professor Rose Cuison Villazor Publishes Los Angeles Times Op-Ed about Anti-Sanctuary Campaign

Last month the Trump administration filed a lawsuit against California arguing that the state's "sanctuary laws" undermine federal immigration enforcement.

In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece, immigration law professors Rose Cuison Villazor, of UC Davis School of Law, and Pratheepan Gulasekaram, of Santa Clara University School of Law, contend that a new development could undercut the DOJ's anti-sanctuary campaign.

They point to the fact that "across California and the country, many institutions of everyday life — churches, schools, employers, businesses and nonprofits of every stripe — are taking bold steps to protect undocumented immigrants. The sanctuary offered by this groundswell has the potential to be just as effective as the protections offered by [California]."

The immigration scholars say that, "our Constitution and federal and state laws empower nongovernment actors to provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants."

Professors Cuison Villazor and Gulasekaram write that if these groups band together it would, "help to mitigate the harshest effects of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, potentially in ways that state laws alone could not."

Professor Cuison Villazor joined the UC Davis faculty in 2012 from the Maurice A. Deane Law School at Hofstra University. She has also taught at Columbia Law School and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Professor Cuison Villazor teaches and writes in the areas of property law, immigration law, race, and citizenship.