This is the second of two events focusing on immigration, particularly undocumented immigration. The GC Committee has organized these two events to help all of us understand the complexity of an issue that affects each of us. There are students who are undocumented; we have neighbors, and even people who work for or with us, who are undocumented. And those undocumented people around us are not just Latinos. All of them are human beings; most of them, like millions of their predecessors, are simply trying to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
Professor Motomura will talk about this important issue. He is an influential scholar who teaches immigration and citizenship law at the UCLA School of Law. Before teaching at UCLA, Professor Motomura was Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, and before that he taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, at Hokkaido University in Japan, and the University of Michigan. He was also a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany and has won several teaching awards and recognition, including being profiled as one of the 26 best law professors in the nation.
His latest book, Immigration Outside the Law, published by Oxford University Press in July 2014, has been reviewed as being “an exceptional combination of accessible prose, analytic depth and rigor, exhaustive research and coverage, and humanity” (Cecilia Menjivar) and a “brilliant framework for thinking about debating the relationship between immigration and law–including how the government enforces the law” (John Skrentny). His other recent book is titled Americans in Waiting: the Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States.
Professor Motomura has testified in Congress as an immigration expert, and has served as co-counsel or consultant in several federal appellate cases and on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration. In late 2008, he was an Outside Advisor to the Obama-Biden Transition Team’s Working Group on Immigration Policy. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center.