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Wadhia to speak at Cornell on book, U.S. v. Texas

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, is speaking on her book Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases at Cornell University on Wednesday, April 6.

Wadhia will be joined by Cornell Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr to discuss prosecutorial discretion in the context of U.S. v. Texas, an immigration case to decide the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s deferred action programs that is due to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month.

The event, which is hosted by Cornell’s Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic and the Institute for the Social Sciences’ Deportation Relief Collaborative Project, is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Myron Taylor Hall.

Beyond Deportation, published by NYU Press, is the first book to comprehensively describe the history, theory, and application of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law. It provides a rich history of the role of prosecutorial discretion in the immigration system and unveils the powerful role it plays in protecting individuals from deportation and saving the government resources. Wadhia draws on her years of experience as an immigration attorney, policy leader, and law professor to advocate for a bolder 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, the Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law, is an expert on immigration law and one of the nation’s leading scholars on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law.

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