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Center for Immigration Law and Policy

A hub for immigration scholarship and advocacy, engaging community organizations, practitioners, lawmakers and experts in the field.

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The Immigrant Family Legal Clinic works with students and families from Koreatown and the Pico-Union District who are affiliated with the RFK Community Schools.

Immigrant Family Legal Clinic

Founded in 2020, the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law expands the law school’s role as a national leader in immigration law and policy. The Center generates innovative ideas at the intersection of immigration scholarship and practice; serves as a hub for transforming those ideas into meaningful changes in immigration policy at the local, state, and national level; and empowers students with unique opportunities for experiential learning through work with academics, practitioners, policymakers, and activists. In addition to engaging in strategic litigation, the Center will publish briefings and reports on immigration policy, host conferences and symposia featuring top national scholars, and launch immigration law training opportunities for judges and legislators.

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Muslim Americans File Brief Challenging Religious Discrimination in U.S. Supreme Court Case FBI v. Fazaga

At stake is whether the U.S. Government can escape accountability for secretly spying on Americans due to their religious beliefs. Read more.


Ahilan Arulanantham, Counsel for the Plaintiffs in Ramos v Mayorkas, Responds to Extension of Temporary Protected Status

The decision impacts TPS holders from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Haiti. Read more.


Leading Law Professors to Mayorkas: “Prosecutorial discretion guidelines need not be focused on who to deport, but who can stay.”

In a new letter to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a group of leading immigration law professors and scholars submitted a detailed legal analysis for the Secretary to consider prior to announcing his department’s new guidelines for prosecutorial discretion in immigration law enforcement. Read more.


CILP Welcomes Inaugural Visiting Scholar Moritz Baumgärtel

The Center for Immigration Law and Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law today announced that Dr. Moritz Baumgärtel has joined the Center as its first Visiting Scholar. Read more.


Seasoned Immigration Advocate Gabriela Domenzain Joins UCLA Law’s New Center for Immigration Law and Policy

The Center for Immigration Law and Policy today announced that Gabriela Domenzain, a seasoned communications professional with over twenty years of experience in immigration advocacy, media, and politics, is joining the organization to serve as its inaugural Communications Director. Read more.


UCLA Center for Immigration Law and Policy Hosted DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

On April 30, 2021, with the Biden administration officially past the 100-day mark, the Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, participated in the UCLA Center for Immigration Law and Policy's first-ever virtual conference. Read more.

Learn more about Immigration Policy in the Biden Administration: The First 100 Days and Beyond, a virtual conference  held April 23, April 30, and May 7, 2021.


Scholars Describe Racist Origins of Unlawful Reentry Law in Supreme Court Amicus Brief

Three leading scholars of the history of immigration law from UCLA and Columbia University filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in United States v. Palomar-Santiago. Their brief describes the explicitly racist, anti-Mexican origins of the federal law criminalizing unlawful reentry after deportation. Read more.


UCLA Law launches Center for Immigration Law and Policy with $5 million commitment

Expanding UCLA School of Law’s role as a national leader in immigration law and boosting its robust immigration programming and clinics, the school has established the Center for Immigration Law and Policy with a $5 million commitment from alumna Alicia Miñana and her husband, Rob Lovelace. Read more.


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Sep 09, 2021

CILP Welcomes Inaugural Visiting Scholar Moritz Baumgärtel

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Sep 09, 2021

Leading Law Professors to Mayorkas: “Prosecutorial discretion guidelines need not be focused on who to deport, but who can stay.”

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