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Seth M. Stodder, JD Biography

Lecturer in Law at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“No matter how or why the undocumented population got here, most are here to stay. As a practical matter, this nation is not going to deport a group of people bigger than the entire state of Ohio; nor should it. The undocumented are our neighbors, our friends and our families – indeed, over 4.5 million U.S.-born children have undocumented parents. Most are hard-working, law-abiding people, and it would make no sense to kick them out…

So, a path to citizenship is essential. Of course, we must kick out criminal aliens and other threats. And undocumented migrants must pay any taxes before they ‘get to the end of the line’ for permanent residency status. This should not be a blanket ‘amnesty.’

But the promise of citizenship must not be empty.”

“Fix Legal and Illegal Immigration,”, Feb. 19, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Lecturer in Law at University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, 2006-present
  • Member, Pacific Council for International Policy
  • Assistant Secretary for Border, Immigration, and Trade Policy, US Department of Homeland Security, Mar. 2016-Jan. 2017
  • Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security, US Department of Homeland Security, June 2015-Mar. 2016
  • Partner, Obagi & Stodder LLP, June 2013-June 2015
  • President & CEO, Palindrome Strategies LLC, June 2008-June 2015
  • Independent Candidate, California State Senate, Mar. 2014-June 2014
  • Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, July 2004-May 2008
  • Director of Policy and Planning, US Customs and Border Protection / US Department of Homeland Security, Sep. 2001-June 2004
  • Lawyer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, 1996-2001
  • JD, University of Southern California Law School, 1995
  • BA, History, Haverford College, 1987-1991
  • Twitter handle: @sethstodder