|Present||Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar, Clinical Professor of Law, and Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights, Penn State Law|
Honors and Awards
- Department of Homeland Security's Office for the Inspector General, Leadership Award
- Department of Homeland Security's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Leadership Award
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
- Immigration Law
- Asylum and Refugee Law
- Center for Immigrants' Rights
Recent Works (3)
Americans in Waiting: Finding Solutions for Long Term Residents Notre Dame Journal of Legislation (2019)
For more than a century, U.S. immigration law has recognized long-term residence as a primary factor in granting formal relief or protection. The rationale for regularizing the status of long-term residence is both clear and ...
Immigration Litigation in the Time of Trump University of California at Davis Law Review Online (2019)
A number of immigration policies have been announced, implemented, or challenged in courts during the first half of Donald J. Trump's presidency. This Essay provides an update on ongoing litigation on a handful of these ...
FOIAs with USCIS on Prosecutorial Discretion (10)
Standard Operating Procedure for Deferred Action (non-DACA) (2015)
In January 2015, I filed a FOIA request seeking updated internal policies and correspondence regarding deferred action (non-DACA) with USCIS. In August 2015, I received a response containing the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) (version date ...
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 records pertaining to the agency's implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, among other items. DHS provided ...
FOIAS with CBP and ICE on Prosecutorial Discretion (5)
Scholarly Articles on Prosecutorial Discretion (19)
National Security, Immigration and the Muslim Bans Washington and Lee Law Review (2018)
National security language has continued to guide the creation and defense of Executive Orders and related immigration policies issued in the Donald J. Trump administration. This Article builds on earlier scholarship examining the relationship between ...
The Aftermath of United States v. Texas Yale Journal on Regulation: Notice and Comment (2016)
On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a 4-4 ruling in the immigration case of United States v. Texas, blocking two “deferred action” programs announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014: extended Deferred ...
Beyond Deportation: Understanding Immigration Prosecutorial Discretion and United States V. Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Review (2016)
In this article, I place the Supreme Court case of United States v. Texas into a broader context by describing the history and legal authority for prosecutorial discretion in immigration law and highlighting the contents ...
Remarks on Executive Action and Immigration Reform Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law (2016)
This essay places the President's executive actions on immigration last November into a larger context by providing a brief history of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. This essay also describes how law students at Penn ...