ACS Presents: The President and Immigration Law with Adam Cox and Cristina Rodríguez

Add to Calendar 2020-11-06 12:15:00 2020-11-06 13:30:00 ACS Presents: The President and Immigration Law with Adam Cox and Cristina Rodríguez Event details: - University of Chicago Law School America/Chicago public
Online-Only Law School Event
1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Open to the Law School community
Presenting student organizations: American Constitution Society

Join ACS for a discussion of Adam Cox and Cristina Rodríguez's new book, The President and Immigration Law, moderated by our very own Professor Nicole Hallett.

Who controls American immigration policy? The biggest immigration controversies of the last decade have all involved policies produced by the President—policies​ such as President Obama’s decision to protect Dreamers from deportation, and President Trump’s proclamation ​banning immigrants from several majority-Muslim nations. While critics of these policies have been separated by a vast ideological chasm, their broadsides have embodied the same widely shared belief: that Congress, not the President, ought to dictate who may come to the United States and who will be forced to leave.

This belief is a myth. In The President and Immigration Law, Adam ​B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez chronicle the untold story of how, over the course of two centuries, the President became our immigration policymaker in chief. Diving deep into the history of American immigration policy—from founding-era​disputes over deporting sympathizers with France to contemporary debates about asylum-seekers at the Southern border—they show how migration crises, real or imagined, have empowered ​​presidents. Far more importantly, they ​also uncover how the ​Executive’s ordinary power to decide when to enforce the law, and against whom, has become an extraordinarily powerful vehicle for making immigration policy.

This pathbreaking account of American immigration policy helps us understand how the United States ​has come to run an enormous shadow immigration system—one in which nearly half of all noncitizens in the country are living in violation of the law. It also provides a blueprint for reform, one that accepts rather than laments the role the President plays in shaping the national community, while outlining strategies to curb the abuse of law enforcement authority in immigration and beyond.

Adam Cox is the Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, and his work focuses on immigration law, voting rights, and constitutional law.

Cristina Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law and Yale Law School, where she teaches constitutional law and theory, immigration law and policy, language rights and policy, and citizenship theory.