Last updated on: 12/7/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Huyen Pham, JD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Law at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“[L]laws obligate private parties to ensure that they provide their goods and services only to those with legal immigration status; private parties who fail to do so face civil and criminal penalties… But the reality is that private enforcement laws do not make effective immigration policy. Drawing on the nation’s 20 year experience with federal employer sanctions, I observe that private enforcement laws have not reduced illegal immigration. Rather, these laws have been plagued by enforcement problems that undermine their effectiveness: enforcer confusion about their legal obligations, fraudulent documents that threaten the verification process, and political ambivalence about enforcement. Moreover, the laws have resulted in substantial discrimination against those who look or sound foreign.”

“The Privatization of Immigration Law Enforcement,” ExpressO, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • Associate Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Associate, Hill & Barlow
  • Law Clerk, Honorable George A. O’Toole, U.S. District Courts
  • Executive Board Member, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
Education:
  • JD, Cum Laude, Harvard Law School, 1996
  • AB, Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College, 1992
Other:
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