The Global Initiatives Office is delighted to announce the 3rd annual Immigration Law and Border Enforcement Program, which will be held from Sunday-Sunday, May 19-26, 2013. This internationally minded intensive program is co-sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the National Center for Border Security & Immigration, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. The program will be taught on campus at the University of Texas, El Paso, and students will stay at the Hilton Garden Inn.
If you have any questions, please email Steven.Richman@hofstra.edu. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore immigration law and border security with U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials in the field!
A first of its kind opportunity, this program gives students of varying understanding levels the chance to see immigration law and border enforcement at work. Students arrive in El Paso on Sunday, May 19, and depart on Sunday, May 26. The program includes lectures, practical training, court visits and a special border tour. Students will be required to attend three hours of lecture in advance of participating in the program. The advance lectures will be held in early April and webcast so that non-Hofstra students can participate in the program.View Schedule (PDF)
El Paso stands on the Rio Grande, across the border from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The two cities form a combined international metropolitan area, sometimes called Juarez-El Paso. Together they have a combined population of two million, with Juárez accounting for two-thirds of the population. In 2010 El Paso was awarded an All-America City Award, and it has been recognized as the safest large city in the U.S. Considering the demographic dynamic of the region and the challenges to immigration law enforcement, El Paso is an ideal location for the onsite study of border security.
Immigration Enforcement at the Border (3 credits)
Taught by Professor Rose Cuison Villazor.
This course analyzes the ways in which federal immigration officers enforce immigration laws at the border and the various legal, political, human and moral issues that they raise. The course examines, among other areas, the relevant provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act; The Secure Fence Act of 2006; federal programs and policies, such as the Secure Border Initiative, Operation Streamline and Operation Stonegarden; Fourth Amendment search and seizure cases; and cases and controversies regarding the increasing movement of the borders inward. Through the study of these laws and relevant cases, the course considers how enforcement of immigration law at the border has led to significant tensions between immigration officers’ authority to guard the border on sovereignty and security grounds and the rights of individuals to, among other things, privacy and equal protection under the law.
The program cost is $3,600, which includes tuition and fees for 3 credits, accommodations for seven nights, opening reception, guest lectures, social dinner and a special border security training and tour with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The total cost of the program is substantially less than the per credit rate offered for on-campus programs in the hopes that students will seriously consider the professional and educational value of this opportunity.
For the May 2013 program, Hofstra Law School has secured a number of externships in El Paso, Texas, for students interested in immigration law practice. The externships range from opportunities with attorneys and not-for-profit organizations to judges and the U.S. government. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please email Steven.Richman@hofstra.edu.
If you require financial assistance to participate in the Immigration Law and Border Enforcement Program, please work with the Law School’s Financial Aid Office after being accepted. The total budget for the program, which is the maximum amount allowable in financial aid:
Tuition: $2,505 — paid to Hofstra Law
Program and Housing Fee: $1,095 — paid to Hofstra Law
Living Expenses and Miscellaneous: $500
Students need to apply by Friday, March 22, 2013. On acceptance, students will receive a letter that permits them to move forward with the financial aid process. All current students are eligible to participate in this program. Because there are a limited number of spots in the program, applicants must include a statement of interest when submitting their application.
Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore immigration law and border security with U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials in the field! For further information, please contact:
Office of International Programs
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1210