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Professor Shaakirrah Sanders Available to Discuss Immigration Policy

January 19, 2016

Today, the United States Supreme Court said it would decide whether or not President Barack Obama has the authority to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States without fear of deportation. The case will be heard in April with a final ruling in June.

Obama’s program, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), would allow undocumented immigrants in those categories to remain in the country and apply for work permits if they have been here for at least five years and have not committed felonies or repeated misdemeanors.

The executive action, taken after Congress failed to enact comprehensive immigration reform, was blocked by lower courts when Texas and 25 other Republican-led states sued to stop it. Representatives stated that the decision should be made by Congress not the president. Immigration is a relevant issue amid the current presidential campaigns.

Associate Professor of Law Shaakirrah R. Sanders is available to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s acceptance of a challenge to the Obama administration’s deportation policy for undocumented immigrants.

Sanders is an expert in individual rights and liberties under the U.S. Constitution and teaches courses in constitutional law, criminal procedure, and freedom of speech and press. She has appeared on national, regional and local broadcast news media outlets, including Boise’s KTVB News 7, Boise’s KITV News 9, Boise’s KBOI News 2, Northwest Public Radio and Boise State Public Radio.

To arrange an interview with Shaakirrah Sanders, contact her directly at the University of Idaho College of Law in Boise 111-364-4070 or [email protected].

Cindy Hollenbeck
Communications and Marketing, College of Law
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Gemma Gaudette
Regional Director Media Relations & Communication, Boise
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Shaakirrah Sanders

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