Immigration: Enforcement, Exploitation or Equality? A Constitutional Perspective

February 24, 2011Duke Law News

February 24, 2011
12:15-1:15 PM
Room 3041
Duke Law School

Sponsored by the Program in Public Law and Duke Law ACLU

Federal immigration enforcement is at an all-time high; states and cities are enacting laws targeting immigrants, including Arizona’s SB1070; the undocumented population has grown to an estimated 11 million; and new proposals to reinterpret the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of American citizenship are on the table. How should constitutional values and American history inform our immigration policies? What are the sources of today’s controversies?

Lucas Guttentag is the Robina Foundation Distinguished Senior Fellow in Residence and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Until 2011, he served as the founding national director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, which he established in 1985 and headed for twenty-five years until assuming the position of Senior Counsel to the Project this year. Guttentag has litigated class action and constitutional cases to advance the rights of immigrants and refugees in federal courts throughout the United States for more thirty years. He argued INS v. St. Cyr in the Supreme Court to enforce the habeas corpus rights of immigrants facing deportation. Guttentag is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, named among California’s top 100 lawyers and appellate lawyer of the year, honored as a Human Rights Hero by the ABA Human Rights journal, and recipient of numerous litigation and achievement awards from national and community-based organizations and bar associations. He served as national spokesperson for the ACLU on immigration issues, testified before Congress and regularly speaks and writes on U.S. immigration law and constitutional issues. Guttentag teaches courses on immigration law and policy, immigrants’ rights and constitutional impact litigation. Before joining the ACLU, he taught at Columbia Law School, practiced civil rights law in Los Angeles, and clerked for renowned federal district judge William Wayne Justice in Texas. He has also taught an on the adjunct faculty at the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and Stanford schools. He received his AB with honors from UC Berkeley and his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School.

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