Few issues of public policy can generate as much controversy as “comprehensive immigration reform.” The U.S. Senate passed a broad–ranging proposal with bipartisan support in June 2013, but the prospects for similar legislation emerging from the House are uncertain. Much of the debate turns on what is a stake. Are the eleven million unauthorized migrants who live in the United States “illegal aliens” or “undocumented immigrants”? Is it “legalization” or “amnesty” to offer them lawful immigration status and a path to citizenship? Does it foster or violate the “rule of law” to do so? Professor Hiroshi Motomura will discuss these questions and explore their implications for U.S. immigration and citizenship beyond the current political and legislative moment.
Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA. He is the author of AMERICANS IN WAITING: THE LOST STORY OF IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP IN THE UNITED STATES and numerous influential articles on immigration and citizenship, and the co-author of two casebooks, IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP: PROCESS AND POLICY, and FORCED MIGRATION: LAW AND POLICY. Professor Motomura has served as an immigration expert in the U.S. Congress, as co-counsel or consultant in several significant federal court cases, and as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. He is a founding director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center. His book, IMMIGRATION OUTSIDE THE LAW, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2014.
This lecture is free and open to the public. It was made possible with the support of the Institute for Humanities Research, the T. Denny School of Social and Family Dynamics, the School of Social Transformation, and the School of Transborder Studies. For further information, please contact Emoline Fox at 480/965-3365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.