Immigration and the New President: A Conversation w/ Cristina Rodríguez


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Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Professor Cristina Rodríguez, of Yale Law School, to discuss immigration law, President-Elect Joe Biden, executive power and what the future of immigration could look like.

Who controls American immigration policy? In today’s episode, Aaron and Cristina discuss this question and more, as well as Cristina’s new co-authored book on the topic, The President and Immigration Law. The biggest immigration controversies of the last decade have all involved policies produced by the President – policies such as President Obama’s decision to protect Dreamers from deportation and President Trump’s proclamation banning immigrants from several majority-Muslim nations. Cristina and Aaron talk about this idea of executive decision-making and how it has shaped our immigration system. Aaron and Cristina touch on the notions of power, status, oversight, voter suppression, and resentment as they explore the ins and outs of our country’s immigration history, the impact of partisan policies, and the roles of the President and Congress. The President and Immigration Law chronicles the untold story of how, over the course of two centuries, the President became our immigration policymaker-in-chief and offers a blueprint for reform.

Professor Rodríguez is the Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Her fields of research include constitutional law and theory, immigration law and policy, administrative law and process, and citizenship theory. In recent years, her work has focused on constitutional structures and institutional design. She has used immigration law and related areas as vehicles through which to explore how the allocation of power (through federalism, the separation of powers, and the structure of the bureaucracy) shapes the management and resolution of legal and political conflict. Her work has also examined the effects of immigration on society and culture, as well as the legal and political strategies societies adopt to absorb immigrant populations. Professor Rodríguez joined Yale Law after serving for two years as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. She earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Following law school, Professor Rodríguez clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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To check out, The President and Immigration Law, please click here.

To learn more about Professor Rodríguez please visit her bio page here.

To learn more about Professor Rodríguez’s co-author, Professor Adam Cox, please visit his bio page here.

Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Cristina Rodríguez

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