Immigration Law

Recent Posts

The Dream Act Could Bring the Rule of Law Back to Immigration Policy
Posted on 8 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Hiroshi Motomura, Los Angeles Times Op-Ed, Dec. 7, 2017 - "When President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, he also punted. He left it to Congress to decide if the country would extend... Read More

The Try Guys Try Immigrating To America
Posted on 15 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Try Guys, Oct. 7, 2017 - "The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen." [Featuring my friend and mentor, UCLA Law Prof. Hiroshi Motomura !] Read More

What is Executive Action? (Video)
Posted on 9 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"What is executive action and what power does President Obama have to fix our broken immigration system? Educate yourself with this video as law professor Hiroshi Motomura walks us through some of the most common questions about executive action... Read More

The President's Dilemma: Executive Authority, Enforcement, and the Rule of Law in Immigration Law
Posted on 17 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and in 2014, he announced an expansion of DACA as well as a new program called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents... Read More

Webcast with the Experts: United States v. Texas
Posted on 20 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, Apr. 19, 2016 - "Watch AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen, American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow, and UCLA School of Law Professor Hiroshi Motomura as they recap and offer expert analysis of Monday's U.S... Read More

Trump Expected to Sign Executive Actions on Immigration Wednesday - Reuters Exclusive
Posted on 25 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Edwards Ainsley, Reuters, Jan. 24, 2017 - "U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional... Read More

Experts: Repealing Birthright Citizenship 'Almost Impossible' and Counterproductive
Posted on 18 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A policy paper released by 2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump this weekend has reopened a question in the immigration debate that some of Trump's fellow GOP candidates may want to avoid: Is it time to end birthright citizenship? According... Read More

Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship, and Broad-Scale Legalization
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Some of the most controversial topics in immigration and citizenship law involve granting lawful immigration status - or citizenship itself - to persons who might otherwise be in the United States unlawfully. In this Article, I examine arguments... Read More

Pre-Order 'Immigration Outside the Law' by Hiroshi Motomura
Posted on 4 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Oxford University Press, June 2014: " A 1975 state-wide law in Texas made it legal for school districts to bar students from public schools if they were in the country illegally, thus making it extremely difficult or even possible for scores of children... Read More

Preeminent Immigration Scholar Hiroshi Motomura Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
Posted on 7 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation - " Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. He is a leading scholar of immigration and citizenship law, with influence across a range of academic disciplines... Read More

The American Jury: Can Noncitizens Still Be Excluded?
Posted on 2 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Though noncitizens can be, and frequently are, judged by juries, they are categorically excluded from serving on them. In this Note, I explore the implications of this exclusion from demographic, functional, and doctrinal perspectives. The demographic... Read More

They met with immigration officers to apply for legal residency — only to be arrested by ICE
Posted on 6 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, Apr. 7, 2017 - "Leandro Arriaga has been in the United States illegally since 2001. He stayed despite a deportation order and over the past 16 years has made a living fixing and remodeling homes. He also started... Read More

Executive Grants of Temporary Immigration Relief, 1956-Present
Posted on 3 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Much has been made of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, through which he deferred deportation for young adults brought to the U.S. as children. But as immigration legal scholar Hiroshi Motomura has noted... Read More

Legal Scholars: DAPA Could Be Broader
Posted on 5 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"We write as law professors with particular expertise in the interaction of executive action and immigration law to clarify that there is no legal requirement that the executive branch limit deferred action or any other exercise of prosecutorial... Read More

Discretion and Proportionality in Immigration Law & Policy
Posted on 12 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Two experts help us understand why our immigration system is so off-kilter: "In a new report , Hiroshi Motomura, a law professor at UCLA , argues that prosecutorial discretion, as discussed in recent DHS policy memos , is only one kind of discretion... Read More