Border Policy and Politics

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1130-1330
  • WB278
01/24/2023 04/25/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course will explore the main issues and challenges faced by asylum seekers at the US-Mexican border. We will focus particularly on relatively recent changes to US immigration policy such as metering, the Migrant Protection Protocols, and Title 42. We will investigate geopolitical relationships such as those between the United States and Guatemala that have dictated both governmental response and individual migration decisions. And most significantly, we will dive into the migration experiences of people attempting to seek asylum at the Mexican border: how they interact with legal and political systems during their journey to the United States; how they are processed, detained, and released upon arrival; and how recent administrative decisions have impacted those aspects of their migration. We will contextualize the migration process of individuals at the US-Mexico border within the broader narrative of global immigration crises in an effort to understand one of the most challenging and critical human rights issues we face.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a paper via EXPO by noon (EST) on the last day of the examination period. Students who do not need the credits in the course to meet their Prof. Skills graduation requirement may seek to satisfy their upper-level writing requirement with the paper in this course. To do so, however, such students must submit a completed Writing Requirement "Special Request" Form to the Student Records Office by Feb. 27th. The form and instructions for submitting it are available via LawWeb.

Other Work
Grades will be determined by a paper at the end of the semester (75%) and class participation (25%).

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course will be taught primarily as a discussion, guided by readings and an awareness of current events related to events occurring at the US-Mexico border as well as relating to immigrants in our own community. We will also rely on simulations throughout the course, including a simulation of the immigration process and a simulation credible fear interview preparation session. Discussions will be based on the assigned readings for each class.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM