Since passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), the United States has deported millions of noncitizens. While the rights of immigrants and proposals to legalize the unauthorized have been the subject of much debate, hardly any attention has been paid to what happens to deportees once they are removed from the United States, particularly those with few, if any, ties to their countries of birth.
On September 10, 2012, Daniel Kanstroom, Professor of Law at Boston College School of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Program, and Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice discussed his new book, Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora. The book addresses deportation law and the rule of law in light of this historically large population of deportees, many with family and other strong connections to the United States. Professor Kanstroom is also the author of Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History.
Lenni B. Benson, Professor of Law and Director of the Safe Passage Project at New York Law School, moderated the event. Professor Kanstroom’s presentation was followed by short responses from Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director for the New York Immigration Coalition, and Donald Kerwin, Executive Director for the Center for Migration Studies. This program was generously supported by the law office of James O’Malley & Associates.
Lenni B. Benson
Professor of Law and Director of the Safe Passage Project
New York Law School
Professor of Law, Director of the International Human Rights Program, and Associate Director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice
Boston College School of Law
New York Immigration Coalition
Center for Migration Studies