Professor Motomura Authors New Book on Unauthorized Immigration

June 2, 2014 – Professor Hiroshi Motomura has published a new book, Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford University Press 2014).  The book, which is a companion volume to Professor Motomura’s award-winning Americans In Waiting, addresses the issue of unauthorized or undocumented immigration to the United States and offers a framework for understanding why debates on immigration are so contentious.  In Immigration Outside the Law, Professor Motomura analyzes the three questions that have emerged as central to the national conversation about unauthorized migration: What does it mean to be in the country unlawfully?  What is the role of state and local governments in dealing with unauthorized migration?  Are unauthorized migrants “Americans in waiting?”  Addressing these questions and explaining how they are interwoven with each other, Immigration Outside the Law examines the history of unauthorized migration, analyzes the sources of current disagreements, and offers durable and politically viable solutions.  

Professor Motomura, the Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, is an influential scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship law.  In addition to Americans in Waiting and Immigration Outside the Law, he has published many significant articles and essays on immigration and citizenship and co-authored two immigration-related casebooks.  Prior to joining the UCLA Law faculty in 2007, Professor Motomura was Kenan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and before that Nicholas Doman Professor of International Law at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  In 1997, Professor Motomura was named President’s Teaching Scholar, which is the highest teaching distinction at the University of Colorado.  He has won several other teaching awards, including the Chris K. Iijima Teacher and Mentor Award by the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty and the Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  He was just one of 26 law professors in the United States profiled in the book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press 2013), and he received UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.