Immigration eLesson

The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. From its colonial origins to the present day there has been a steady stream of would-be Americans; however, the laws pertaining to immigrants have changed and evolved over time. This lesson will look at previous immigration laws, and highlight the constitutional issues that have arisen out of immigration policy.

U.S. v Texas (2016)

Does DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) violate the Immigration and Nationality Act and therefore the Take Care Clause of the Constitution? The president may have overstepped his authority under Article II by establishing DAPA.

Grades 6-12
Judicial Branch/Supreme Court

Negusie v. Holder (2009)

Can a foreign citizen who is denied asylum due to his involvement in the persecution of others on the basis of a protected ground argue that he was compelled to do so by his military superiors? This case summary shows how the Supreme Court answered that question in 2009.

Grades 9-12
Judicial Branch/Supreme Court
Research (Digests of Primary Sources)