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Immigration Law Resources

Immigration law is a hot topic nowadays.  It affects millions of people in this country, and is a very complicated area of law.

This week's column introduces you to five titles on the topic available at the UW Law Library.

1) Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Careen Shannon & Daniel Montalvo, Fragomen on Immigration Fundamentals : a Guide to Law and Practice, Practising Law Institute (5th ed. 2015)

Print: Law Library Reserve Collection - KF4819 .F72 2015 / Online: Bloomberg Law

Newly updated to Oct. 2017.  Some of the important changes reported with this latest update include: 1) rescission of DACA and DAPA and what the end of these programs mean; 2) Travel Ban under Executive Order 13780; 3) Public Safety Executive Order reinstating the Secure Communities program; 4) Border Security Executive Order establishing a policy of detaining individuals apprehended at the border thereby ending "catch and release," and discussion of recent cases concerning such issues as standard of review for discretionary determinations, and other agency guidance by DHS and DOJ.  Updated semi-annually.

2) Stanley Mailman, Immigration Law and Procedure : Desk Edition, LEXIS Publishing (1996-)

Print: Law Library Stacks - KF4819 .G623 / Online: Lexis Advance (The Desk Edition is not available online.  Users can consult the much larger treatise found online entitled Immigration Law and Procedure)

Newly updated to Sept. 2017.  Recent changes include: 1) extending the EB-4 non-minister religious worker program; 2) changes to Diversity Visas DV-2018 program; 3) Chapter 25 "Consular Processing of Immigrant Visas" was updated to reflect changes in consular processing procedures; 4) Chapter 26 "Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence" references the new Electronic I-94 form and changes to the USCIS Policy Manual; 5) Appendix A. Contact Information: Gov't. Offices and Other Resources has been revised to reflect current contact information.  Updated semi-annually.

3) Interpreter Releases : report and analysis of immigration and nationality law, Federal Publications (A West Group company) [1924-]

Print: Law Library Periodicals / Online: Westlaw

This important title provides readers with up-to-date reporting of the news and events impacting all areas of immigration.  New legislation, regulations, agency memoranda, as well as, judicial and administrative decisions are covered here.  The content is a combination of primary source materials and expert analysis.  Issued weekly (48 times a year).

Of all the titles listed here, this one will keep you the most current with the fast-paced and far-reaching changes coming from the Trump Administration.  Westlaw offers Interpreter Releases Daily which publishes new information online as soon as it is available later to be folded into the weekly edition.

4) Ira J. Kurzban, Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook : a Comprehensive Outline and Reference Tool, American Immigration Council (15th ed. 2016)

Print: Law Library Reserve Collection - KF4819.3 .K87

The author of this book has long been in the forefront of public interest class action lawsuits concerning the rights of aliens.  The thirteen chapters in this title are based on the author's notes from years in the field and are meant for teaching and litigation purposes.  Topics include federal authority to regulate immigration, exclusion and deportation, employment based immigration and labor certification, relief from deportation, administrative and judicial review, and more.  Published about every two years.

5) Kevin R. Johnson, et al., Understanding Immigration Law, LexisNexis (2nd ed. 2015)

Print: Law Library Reserve Collection - KF4819 .J648 2015

This title is designed to be used by students as a classroom supplement to the most widely adopted immigration law casebooks.  It provides a comprehensive overview of the law, as well as, background about the intellectual and historical foundations of U.S. immigration law.

Submitted by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian on November 22, 2017

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