Immigration is one of the most controversial topics of the decade. Citizens and pundits from across the political spectrum argue for major and disparate changes to American immigration law. Yet few know what American immigration law actually is and how it functions. Everyday Law for Immigrants is an ideal guide for U.S. citizens who want a better understanding of our immigration laws as well as for migrants who make the United States their home. Romero deftly and comprehensively explains the basic challenges immigrants and foreign nationals face not only within formal immigration policy but also within American domestic law generally, including rules promulgated by federal, state, and local entities that affect noncitizens. A concise and accessible primer for interested citizens, noncitizens, and their advocates, this book provides a bird's-eye view of U.S. immigration history, practice, and procedure, and constructively addresses the many legal issues in areas such as education, housing, and employment that affect foreigners who reside here. It includes easy-to-understand examples and an extensive appendix of print and Internet resources for further help.
A native of the Philippines, Victor C. Romero is the Maureen B. Cavanaugh Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at The Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law. He is author most recently of Alienated: Immigrant Rights, the Constitution, and Equality in America (New York University Press 2005).
Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Overview and History of U.S. Immigration Law Chapter 2: Immigration Law Basics Chapter 3: Immigration Procedure Basics Chapter 4: Alienage Laws and Contemporary Immigrant Issues Post-9/11 Chapter 5: Selected Bibliography and Resource Guide Index About the Author