August 31, 2017

Immigration Crash Course, or, What Could Be More Complicated than Zoning

By Leon Rodriguez

Having served as a municipal lawyer long before becoming involved in immigration administration, I have been struck by the similarity between immigration law and zoning law. Built around all kinds of matrices and maddeningly complex, both bodies of law seek to reconcile broad considerations of public safety, economic prosperity, and cultural aspirations. And given the stakes often involved, both seem pre-destined to controversy and high emotion.

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