Immigration Outside the Law

Paperback | August 15, 2017

byHiroshi Motomura

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In 1975, Texas adopted a law allowing school districts to bar children from public schools if they were in the United States unlawfully. The US Supreme Court responded in 1982 with a landmark decision, Plyler v. Doe, that kept open the schoolhouse doors, allowing these children to get theeducation that state law would have denied. The Court established a child's constitutional right to attend public elementary and secondary schools, regardless of immigration status. With Plyler, three questions emerged that have remained central to the national conversation about immigration outsidethe law: What does it mean to be in the country unlawfully? What is the role of state and local governments in dealing with unauthorized migration? Are unauthorized migrants "Americans in waiting?" Today, as the United States weighs immigration reform, debates over "illegal" or "undocumented" immigrants have become more polarized than ever. In Immigration Outside the Law, acclaimed immigration law expert Hiroshi Motomura, author of the award-winning Americans in Waiting, offers a framework forunderstanding why these debates are so contentious. In a reasoned, lucid, and careful discussion, he explains the history of unauthorized migration, the sources of current disagreements, and points the way toward durable answers. In his refreshingly fair-minded analysis, Motomura explains thecomplexities of immigration outside the law for students and scholars, policy-makers looking for constructive solutions, and anyone who cares about this contentious issue.

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In 1975, Texas adopted a law allowing school districts to bar children from public schools if they were in the United States unlawfully. The US Supreme Court responded in 1982 with a landmark decision, Plyler v. Doe, that kept open the schoolhouse doors, allowing these children to get theeducation that state law would have denied. The...

Hiroshi Motomura is Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law at UCLA and author of Americans in Waiting.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190686138

ISBN - 13:9780190686130

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"Hiroshi Motomura, one of the foremost contemporary scholars of immigration law, has written an immensely thoughtful and provocative book. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the subject of immigration." --Gabriel J. Chin, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books