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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: POL                                     Course Number: 244                                    
Course Title: The Law and Politics of Immigration
Subject: Political Science
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


Debates over immigration in the United States are often heated and contentious. Students will learn the full range of positions in these debates, and will be able to develop and clearly articulate their own position on contemporary immigration politics. Students will trace the development and impact of immigration law and policy in the U.S., explore historical political debates over immigration, and analyze the contemporary politics of immigration in the United States, including debates over border militarization, unauthorized (?illegal?) immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, immigration enforcement, amnesty, and the shifting balance of power between federal, state, and local governments. Students will read a variety of scholarly and popular texts, as well as key Supreme Court decisions.

Prerequisite: ENG 101, GOV 101 or POL 101, or permission of the instructor
Start Date:    04/30/2013                         End Date:    06/30/2014