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Crimmigration, Crisis, and Conflict

This course addresses one of the most significant developments in criminal and immigration law in the modern era: the intersection of the immigration and criminal justice systems, or crimmigration. We explore the historical and contemporary relationship between the criminal justice system and immigration policing, focusing on how individuals thought not to be citizens of the United States are impacted by criminal law procedures, substantive criminal law, and the unique interplay between the deportation and criminal law apparatuses. The course delves into how crimmigration developed in line with the War on Drugs, the significance of criminal arrest and civil detention as means of social control, the centrality of race in the implementation of crimmigration law, federalism and private-public relationships underlying crimmigration, and theoretical explanations and critiques of crimmigration. The course fosters skills in analyzing statutes and regulations concerning immigration, knowledge of procedural and substantive constitutional requirements and limits, and writing and presentation of original ideas via a research paper and in-class presentation.  There are no prerequisites for this seminar, though Immigration Law and Policy is recommended. This course is taught in a seminar-style format. Students will engage with scholarly essays, social science research, and legal cases. Students will be evaluated based upon participation, presentation of the student’s research, and a final Capstone level paper with a rewrite which can be used to satisfy either the WIE or the Capstone requirement.