Katie Vannucci

Title/s:  Immigration Law and Policy

Office #:  (Law 366-001) M 5:00pm-7:00pm; CLC 1201



Class No. 1

Date:                           Wednesday, August 17

Topic:                         Introduction/Overview—Summary of common immigration terms and acronyms  



  1. Read Benson, Yale-Loehr & Wadhia (BYW) § 1.01 (pp. 3-36) (welcome to immigration law and Problem 1-1)
  2. Semiconductor Industry Association, “Debunking the Myth that Immigration Harms America,” March 17, 2015, https://www.semiconductors.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/19-Associations-Immigration-Myth-Facts-3-2015.pdf
  3. PBS News Hour, “4 Myths About How Immigrants Affect the U.S. Economy,” Nov. 2, 2018, https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/4-myths-about-how-immigrants-affect-the-u-s-economy
  4. American Immigration Council, “Immigrants in Illinois,” March 2020, https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/sites/default/files/research/immigrants_in_illinois.pdf


Optional Readings:

  1. Emily Alpert, “Illegal Immigration Isn't Just About Economics, Study says,” L.A. Times, July 31, 2013, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-immigration-attitudes-study-20130731,0,4231177.story
  2. Jason deParle, “Favoring Immigration if Not the Immigrant,” N.Y. Times, May 9, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/books/a-nation-of-immigrants-susan-f-martins-book.html (book review of A Nation of Immigrants, by Susan Martin)
  3. George Borjas, "Immigration and the American Worker: A Review of the Academic Literature," Center for Immigration Studies (April 2013), http://cis.org/immigration-and-the-american-worker-review-academic-literature
  4. Roger Lowenstein, "The Immigration Equation," New York Times Magazine, July 6, 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/09/magazine/09IMM.html (profile of George Borjas)
  5. Karin Brulliard, "Law Students Rush to Meet Needs in Booming Field of Immigration," Washington Post, July 7, 2008, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/06/AR2008070602154.html
  6. Julia Preston, "Welcome Rescinded," N.Y. Times, Sept. 8, 2011, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/us/sept-11-reckoning/immigration.html (good summary of the impact of 9/11 on our immigration system)
  7. Rebecca Shapiro, “NY Times Tweaks Entry On 'Illegal Immigrant',” The Huffington Post, Apr. 23, 2013, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/ny-times-illegal-immigrant_n_3141724.html
  8. AFL-CIO, “Immigration Myths vs. Facts,” Oct. 9, 2016, http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Immigration-Myths-vs.-Facts
  9. American Immigration Council, “Fact Sheet: Immigrants in the United States” (Aug. 6, 2020), https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/immigrants-in-the-united-states
  10. Dara Lind, “37 Maps that Explain How America is a Nation of Immigrants,” vox.com, June 10, 2015, http://www.vox.com/2015/1/12/7474897/immigration-america-maps
  11. 200 Years of Immigration to the US, http://insightfulinteraction.com/immigration200years.html (good interactive visualization of immigration by year and country)
  12. From 1820 to 2013, an estimated 79 million people came to the United States and obtained lawful permanent resident status. An interactive map at http://metrocosm.com/animated-immigration-map illustrates this data based on immigrants' prior countries of residence. The brightness of a country corresponds to its total migration to the United States at a given time.  The website also includes two graphs: one with immigration shown as a percentage of the U.S. population; the other with the largest immigration sources charted over time, showing the progression.
  13. Ben Casselman, “Immigrants Are Keeping America Young — And The Economy Growing,” N.Y. Times, Oct. 31, 2016, http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/immigrants-are-keeping-america-young-and-the-economy-growing/
  14. William Frey, “Reducing Immigration Will Not Stop America’s Rising Diversity, Census Projections Show,” Brookings Institution, Feb. 19, 2020, https://www.brookings.edu/research/reducing-immigration-will-not-stop-americas-rising-diversity-census-projections-show/
  15. Ed Lowther, “US Election 2020: Trump’s Impact on Immigration in Seven Charts,” BBC News, Oct. 22, 2020, https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54638643


Discussion Questions:

  1. What is our national interest in having an immigration policy?
  2. Should our immigration policy benefit U.S. natives? Immigrants?  Those who remain in source countries.  Some mixture of the three?
  3. How many and what kinds of people should we admit to the United States each year?