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The Supreme Court Immigration Roundup (2017-2018 Term)

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Produced on March 19, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 37m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Immigration Litigation

Course Description

The landscape of immigration law was significantly affected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017, and several issues of legal and policy import will be continued on the 2018 docket. Are there any significant limits to the President’s ability to refuse entry of foreign nationals into the U.S.? How long may a non-citizen be detained without a bond hearing? Can doctrines traditionally applied to criminal law be applied to civil immigration law? How far does the right to effective counsel in a criminal proceeding extend within the immigration context? To what extent can states and localities refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement? While most of these questions were addressed, a number were left unanswered until the next term.

In this course, attorney Matthew Blaisdell will examine the cases that were heard by SCOTUS in the last year, with an eye towards several decisions and issues that may be front and center in the next term, including the “travel ban” and “sanctuary cities.” He will examine a number of background issues presented in the cases, including: Article II Separation of powers and the executive authority to regulate immigration; the First Amendment establishment clause; Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process, procedural due process, and the void for vagueness doctrine; Sixth Amendment effective assistance of counsel; the commandeering doctrine and related 10th Amendment concerns; and statutory construction disputes within the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine the primary immigration cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017
  2. Analyze the background constitutional and statutory issues underlying these cases
  3. Anticipate issues that will be addressed in 2018

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Matthew Blaisdell

Matthew Blaisdell, Esq.

Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney in Brooklyn, New York, with a full concentration in immigration law. He is the former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and currently serves on its Ethics Committee. He frequently writes and presents on these topics, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.

He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and employment-based visas.

He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).


Robert H.

The major take away from this was not the impact on immigration law, but the misuse of national injunctions by courts, how political courts have become, and how wrong they get issues. Perhaps, Chief Justice Roberts should watch this to see a pretty clear delineation of Obama Judges, Clinton Judges, Bush Judges and Trump Judges. The presenter, although obviously given his area of practice supportive of the lower court decisions, did not interject his beliefs into the presentation.

Teresa P.

I would love a follow up class. When all these cases were being decided I was so grateful for our Constitution and Judges that followed the law. I hope we continue on that front. I hope to have an update. Thanks. Scary stiff.

William S.

Outside my areas of practice - just viewed as a point of interest

Ben P.

There is a lot of information here. Very good stuff.

Denise D.

I enjoy his enthusiasm for the subject his info and sites are very helpful.

Lisa O.


Maureen H.

excellent presentation. materials provided are outstanding. Presentation needed more time to cover the cases and issues presented.

oralia h.

super educational

Harrison S.

Presenter specializes in this area of the law and is obviously very knowledgeable and is an excellent teacher of the ins and outs of the current immigration bands promulgated by executive orders very good recap of recent history.

Michele K.

thank you

Victoria L. B.

Very good. 6

Ian M.

great update, looking forward to the next one

Laura T.

Excellent overview!

Ian R.

Busy year, so good to get an update!

Laura V.

Extremely informative!

Debra B.

Very informative.

Claire K.

Please ask this lecturer to record additional sessions with updates - would be very helpful.

Ryan C.

With immigration moving so quickly it's good to see a recent CLE, not that the others are bad but check back in a week and whatever you put out will need an update in this administration

Joe P.

thank you

Richard M.

highly valuable contribution to our understanding

Mark H.

very good

Todd L.

Great overview of subjects

Jay H.

Excellent presentation.

Mary B.

Excellent presentation

Rebecca B.

Great info on current issue even though they are very complicated & ever-changing

Barbara T.

Great course. Would love to take a full seminar on the topic.

James G.

Outstanding CLE, Thanks.

Alexander M.

Thank you! Great presentation.

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