Immigration Enforcement Reform: Learning from the History of Fugitive Slave Rendition

7 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2014  

Jeffrey M. Schmitt

University of Dayton - School of Law

Date Written: April 11, 2014

Abstract

The United States deports hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year, leaving many of the country’s eleven million undocumented immigrants living in constant fear of being torn from their families and homes. Because Congress has been unable to address this humanitarian crisis with meaningful legislative reform, President Obama recently announced that his administration will consider changes to its enforcement policy. By drawing a parallel to the nation’s experience with fugitive slave rendition, this Essay argues that President Obama should allow the states to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to moderate the implementation of federal enforcement programs.

Keywords: Immigration, Immigration Enforcement, Secure Communities, Fugitive Slaves, Fugitive Slave Act

Suggested Citation

Schmitt, Jeffrey M., Immigration Enforcement Reform: Learning from the History of Fugitive Slave Rendition (April 11, 2014). Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 102 Online, No. 34, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424430

Jeffrey M. Schmitt (Contact Author)

University of Dayton - School of Law ( email )

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
United States

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