Immigration law is diverse, rich, and an example of how to define what our country’s values are. Deciding who can be our neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and family often requires us to articulate our vision of the United States and whether it is to remain a shining light on a hill.
Taught by immigration lawyer Linus Chan, this seminar examines how immigration enforcement works, both conceptually and on the ground. Professor Chan, who received the University of Minnesota’s 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award (the highest honor the University gives for service to the University and community), will discuss how various immigration laws—city, county, state, and federal—interact and intersect when being enforced. In addition, he will dispel the numerous myths that surround immigration and immigrants, including “sanctuary cities," "anchor babies," criminal aliens,” and more.
LearningLife seminars embrace Socrates's belief in inquiry and exchange. Seminars include both lecture and critical discussion. Tuition includes breakfast.
Linus Chan, JD, Northwestern University School of Law; AB, University of Chicago, has practiced immigration law for more than 12 years. He is a Clinical Professor of Law in the University of Minnesota Law School’s James H. Binger Center for New Americans, where he created the Detainee Rights Clinic and the Legal Orientation Program, which train students to help non-citizens who are detained at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities in Minnesota. More than 300 people have been assisted since the program began. Prior to his work at the University, Chan taught at DePaul College of Law and DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic. He recently received the University’s 2017 University Outstanding Community Service Award for his work at the Binger Center.