The presence of 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States has generated a great deal of political controversy. Earlier this year, Arizona captured the headlines with Senate Bill 1070, which makes it illegal for non-citizen immigrants to have registration documents, and obligates police to inquire into the immigration status of certain people with whom they interact. That topic was the focus of the October 6 NYU Law Forum, “U.S. v. Arizona: What is the Right Direction on Immigration?” Panelists were Omar Jadwat, a staff attorney at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project; Julia Preston, an immigration correspondent for the New York Times; and Julie Myers Wood, former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security. They discussed litigation challenging the Arizona law, both on its own merits and as a springboard for a discussion of immigration reform more generally. Barry Friedman, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law, moderated the event. It was cosponsored by the Law School’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law.

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Posted October 13, 2010