What is ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’?: Taking the Long View
University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law
April 29, 2010
Arkansas Law Review, Vol. 63, pp. 225-241, 2010
UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 10-08
This essay is an expanded version of my 2009 Hartman Hotz Lecture at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Its focus is “legalization.” I first identify several common misconceptions about legalization. I next suggest some ways of thinking about whether or not legalization is a good thing and about what a legalization program might look like. I then address objections to legalization and examine various versions of legalization in U.S. immigration law history. The core of the essay explains why it is important to think about legalization as the retroactive application of durable changes to immigration law, rather than as a one-time scheme for conferring lawful status.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Immigration, citizenship, rule of law, immigrants' rights, immigration history, undocumented immigration
Date posted: May 3, 2010
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