Immigrant Justice and Racial Justice: What's the Connection?
One of the most pressing topics in immigration law and policy is the connection between immigrant justice and racial justice. Important questions include: Are immigrants’ rights a type of civil rights? When are immigration laws racist? How has race shaped U.S. immigration law and the meaning of U.S. citizenship? What is the relevance of that history today? What does it mean to have an anti-racist immigration and citizenship law? How should racial justice influence efforts to address the root causes of migration? These questions are especially urgent at this time of national racial reckoning.
Hiroshi Motomura is the Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law. He has written several influential books, including Americans in Waiting; Immigration Outside the Law; Immigration and Citizenship; and Forced Migration. He is a co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and served on the board of the National Immigration Law Center from 2011 through 2020. Hiroshi received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014, the School of Law’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2018.