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Immigration law professor Wadhia to discuss book, deferred action at Brown University

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Law professor and immigration law expert Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia will join Brown University community members and residents to discuss her book Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases on Thursday, August 4.

Wadhia, drawing years of professional experience and scholarship in immigration law, will address the recent Supreme Court case on deferred action for certain undocumented immigrants and their families and the impact of the court’s split decision in that case. The event, hosted by the Brown Bookstore at 12:30 p.m., will also feature a book signing and is open to the public.

Beyond Deportation, published by NYU Press, comprehensively details the history, theory, and application of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law, making it the first book to do so. In it, Wadhia covers the role of prosecutorial discretion in protecting individuals and saving government resources, and argues for a greater standard on prosecutorial discretion, greater mechanisms for accountability when such standards are ignored, improved transparency about the cases involving prosecutorial discretion, and recognition of “deferred action” in the law as a formal benefit.

Wadhia is the director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and the Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law, and one of the nation’s leading scholars on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law.

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