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They are flying off the shelves! Order today . "Provocative and wise, Michael Olivas’s important book challenges all of us to carefully consider how our nation’s core values are reflected both in the way we educate immigrant children and treat noncitizens in our...

Olivas on undocumented children’s rights

"A national expert on immigration law, University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas has just released his 13th book, No Undocumented Child Left Behind , which examines the 30-year history of the U.S. Supreme Court case Plyer v. Doe. In 1982, the landmark ruling made it possible...

Punish Not the Children

"A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court does not necessarily mean the end of battles over a disputed issue. The wars over abortion still rage despite the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. So, too, with the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe , which allowed undocumented children to enroll in...

Timoteo Andrade, 100% American

Prof. Michael A. Olivas writes: "I was asked to review Patrick D. Lukens’ book ( A Quiet Victory for Latin Rights: FDR and the Controversy Over “Whiteness ,” Tucson: University of Arizona University Press, 2012) for the Southwestern Historical Quarterly , a review due this summer...

Star Student in Immigration Flap Will Be Home For Graduation

"High school senior Elizabeth Olivas is coming home. After getting caught up on an immigration technicality in her native Mexico, the Frankfort Indiana High School homecoming queen will get to walk with her classmates at graduation on Saturday. The U.S. State Department confirmed to her immigration...

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Plyler v. Doe

"Friday, June 15 is the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's pathbreaking decision in Plyler v. Doe , 457 U.S. 202 (1982), which protects the rights of undocumented students to a public elementary and secondary school education. ... See MICHAEL A. OLIVAS, NO UNDOCUMENTED CHILD LEFT BEHIND...

Obama's New Immigration Policy: Disappointment Is in the Details

"Within the niche where I reside, most of my friends and colleagues are supporters of President Obama. He is one of us: a former law professor, a liberal, and—a point of pride for many of us—a person of color who has navigated his way in the whitest of worlds. But among those of us who...

Dreams Deferred: Deferred Action, Prosecutorial Discretion, and the Vexing Case(s) of DREAM Act Students

"In June 2011, with the release of what came to be known as the “Morton Memo,” there were developments in the issue of Deferred Action (DA) and the extent to which President Obama’s Administration would extend a form of prosecutorial discretion to DREAM Act students and others...

Tuition Rulings 'Straightforward' - Olivas

"The latest ruling came on Friday from a federal court in Florida, which threw out state regulations defining American children of parents without legal immigration status as out-of-state residents, ineligible for tuition breaks given to state residents at public colleges and universities. ... In...

Why 'Deferred Action' Isn't Enough

"Deferred action is a vague and confusing process—and it will probably lead to unscrupulous notarios entering the picture. Under current regulations, individuals whose case has been deferred are eligible to receive employment authorization, provided he or she can demonstrate “an economic...

Book Review - No Undocumented Child Left Behind: Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren

Susana Hernandez, Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, The Review of Higher Education, Volume 36, Number 3, Spring 2013 : "Prominent legal scholar Michael Olivas provides a detailed account of what is arguably one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court cases related to education, Plyler v. Doe in his most...

Mooted, But Not Muted

Regarding the Sergio Garcia law license saga, professors Michael A. Olivas and Hiroshi Motomura write: "Two weeks ago, when the questioning at the Sergio Garcia trial went badly, we worked to draft an op-ed that would throw sand in the gears and re-direct the attention of the California Supreme...

Immigrants without legal status in U.S. sue Georgia for in-state tuition

"Rigoberto Rivera grew up in Georgia, he graduated from Roswell High School and he and his parents are paying state income taxes. Now he wants to go to college and study criminal justice in his home state. But he said he can't afford it because Georgia won't let him pay its in-state tuition...

Pleadings in Georgia DACA Tuition Lawsuit

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF FULTON COUNTY, STATE OF GEORGIA, CIVIL ACTION NO. 2014cv243077 DACA BENEFICIARY GEORGIA COLLEGE STUDENTS, Plaintiffs, vs. UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA’S BOARD OR REGENTS, Defendants. Motion to Dismiss - pp. 23-101 PLAINTIFFS’ RESPONSE TO DEFENDANTS’...

Exiled American Sues CBP: Olivas v. Whitford

"Plaintiff-Petitioner (hereinafter, Plaintiff) Oscar Ivan Olivas is a 45-year-old natural-born U.S. citizen who Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials unlawfully exiled to Mexico almost three years ago. Mr. Olivas has repeatedly attempted to avail himself of administrative remedies to end...

The Congressman Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks: Michael A. Olivas

"Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has written a letter to the Houston Chronicle indicating that I have misunderstood his views on the efficacy and legitimacy of Deferred Action and other forms of prosecutorial discretion, in my November 22, 2014 op-ed , also appearing in the Houston Chronicle....

Legal Scholars: DAPA Could Be Broader

"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 discretion to individuals whose dependents are lawfully...

Prof. Michael A. "Law of Rock and Roll" Olivas Now on Twitter!

You know him as a prominent immigration law and education law professor. But did you know he "also has a regular radio show on the Albuquerque, NM, National Public Radio station KANW, "The Law of Rock and Roll," where he reviews legal developments in music and entertainment law, appearing...

BIB Editorial Board Member Michael Olivas Named Interim President of UHD

Noted immigration scholar, educator, author and member of Bender's Immigration Bulletin (LexisNexis) Editorial Board Michael A. Olivas has been named interim president of the University of Houston - Downtown .

Prof. Michael Olivas on Supreme Court Immigration Decision

Michael A. Olivas, June 23, 2016 - "[T]he narrow technical ruling on an injunction is not the same as a full-scale constitutional rejection of deferred action on its merits. For the time being, immigrant students eligible under the original DACA order can continue to seek its protection, and immigrant...

University Presidents Call for Continuation, Expansion of DACA

Elizabeth Redden, Nov. 21, 2016 - "More than 90 college and university presidents have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children...

From the Bookshelf: The Scholarship of Michael A. Olivas

" Law Professor and Accidental Historian is a timely and important reader addressing many of the most hotly debated domestic policy issues of our times—immigration policy, education law, and diversity. Specifically, this book examines the works of one of the country's leading scholars—Professor...

Legal Experts Take Issue With Comparisons Between Texas, Arizona Immigration Laws

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, May 14, 2017 - "When Gov. Greg Abbott this month signed a bill banning so-called sanctuary cities in Texas, he said the “key policies” in the bill have “already been tested at the United States Supreme Court, and approved there.” Abbott...

Law Profs to Trump: Keep DACA, It's Legal

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 14, 2017 - "About 100 immigration law professors signed a letter to President Trump arguing “that the executive branch has legal authority to implement” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, which was established by President...

Tilting at Windmills and the Rule of Law - Prof. Michael A. Olivas on DACA

Prof. Michael A. Olivas, Sept. 21, 2017 - "For over 35 years, I have taught Immigration Law and Higher Education Law as a professor at the UH Law Center. I have spent most of my professional life and personal commitment to improving life for immigrants and to representing clients with legitimate...