Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia serves as the Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar at Pennsylvania
State University’s Dickinson School of Law. She is a nationally recognized expert on the
intersection of immigration law and prosecutorial discretion whose scholarly work has
served as a foundation for scholars, advocates and government officials seeking to
understand or design a strong prosecutorial discretion policy. Her work identifies the
historical role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law, the extent to which some
acts of discretion operate as a benefit and the dynamic role and need for transparency,
sound procedures, and accountability. Wadhia's book, Beyond Deportation: The Role of
Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases will be published by New York University
Press in 2015 and is the first on the topic. Wadhia is the founder and director of the
Center for Immigrants' Rights clinic at Penn State Law, where students work on
policy projects of national importance and represent individuals facing removal
(deportation). She also teaches immigration law and asylum and refugee law. 

Immigration Law


The Rise of Speed Deportation and the Role of Discretion, Columbia Journal of Race and Law (2014)

In 2013, the majority of people deported never saw a courtroom or immigration judge, and...



Immigration Law's Catch-22: The Case for Removing the Three and Ten-Year Bars, Bender's Immigration Bulletin (2014)

Congress has made family immigration a priority in statute but the unlawful-presence bars, also known...



My Great FOIA Adventure and Discoveries of Deferred Action Cases at ICE, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2013)

This Article describes my adventures in FOIA litigation and analyzes deferred action data collected informally...



Response, the Obama Administration, In Defense of DACA, Deferred Action, and the DREAM Act, Texas Law Review, Vol. 91:59 (2013)

This essay responds to “The Obama Administration, the DREAM Act and the Take Care Clause”...


My FOIAs with DHS on Prosecutorial Discretion


FOIA Response from CBP on Notices to Appear (2013)

Following a FOIA to CBP for research on a forthcoming report by Penn State Law’s...



Standard Operating Procedure: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (2013)

In Fall 2012 I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request with DHS seeking...



FOIA Response from USCIS on Notices to Appear (2013)

As an outcome of a research for a future report by Penn State Dickinson School...



FOIA Response/Request from USCIS on Deferred Action Cases (2013)

I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request with USCIS seeking internal documents and...


Policy Documents