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This program gives an introductory overview of core topics in immigration law. The panelists discuss the sources of immigration law; the various lawful statuses created by immigration law; the immigration process and immigration enforcement; how to apply for lawful status; and major current events. The program is designed for those who have little or no current understanding of immigration law, but wish to better understand the immigration issues that confront practitioners and policymakers.
Overview of the program and basics of immigration law (4mins 30s)
Mary Armistead identifies the basic sources of immigration law and the agencies that implement it.
Immigration statuses (11mins 20s)
Jon Lemelin and Michelle Lee survey the various kinds of immigration status, including "legal permanent resident," "nonimmigrant," and various humanitarian statuses like asylee or refugee.
The immigration process (30mins 20s)
Mary Armistead discusses the processes by which people apply for statuses, as well as inadmissibility and deportability, i.e., what makes a person ineligible for various statuses and how statuses can be taken away.
Immigration enforcement (50mins 20s)
Michelle Lee and Mary Armistead give an overview of immigration enforcement, including states' role in immigration enforcement, how the immigration system overlaps with the criminal-justice system, and procedures for deportation ("removal").
Obtaining lawful status (1hr 0mins 10s)
Isabelle Thacker explains how to seek lawful status (visas or other documents that authorizes presence in the United States) on the basis of employment; the diversity lottery; family connections; or humanitarian needs.
Current events (1hr 27mins 10s)
Ava Ayers surveys recent developments in the headlines, including family separation and new restrictive procedures that apply at the border; responses to the Covid-19 crisis; and New York's Green Light Law, which allows undocumented people to receive driver's licenses.