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Anna On Ya Law

Herbert Kurz Chair of Constitutional Rights and Associate Professor of Political Science, City University of New York, Brooklyn College
Areas of Expertise:
  • Law & Courts
  • Election 2016
  • Immigration

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About Anna

Law’s research focuses on the interaction between law, legal institutions, and politics. Her substantive areas of expertise are in U.S. immigration and constitutional law, policy, and history. As part of the Kurz Chair duties, Law creates public programming for the Brooklyn College and broader community to educate about the limits and possibilities of the U.S. Constitution in protecting the rights of politically unpopular minority groups. Law is a former Program Analyst of the bipartisan, blue-ribbon, congressional United States Immigration Reform of the mid-1990s that was charged with making policy recommendations to the White House.

Publications

"The Diversity Immigration Lottery: A Cycle of Unintended Consequences" Journal of American Ethnic History 21, no. 4 (2002): 3-29.
Traces the legislative history of the visa lottery to show that the provision has not much to do with diversity and is in fact a product of pork barrel politics.
"How the Internal Adjudicative Procedures of the Ninth Circuit Can Disadvantage Pro Se and Political Asylum Claimants" Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 25 (2011): 647-679.
Examines how the internal operational rules of a federal court can affect legal outcomes for non-counseled political asylum applicants.
"Understanding Judicial Decision Making in Immigration at the U.S. Courts of Appeals" (with Margaret Williams). The Justice System Journal 33, no. 1 (2012): 97-119.
Analyzes an array of factors that explain legal outcomes in immigration cases.
The Immigration Battle in American Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Examines the role of the Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals in immigration policy making in the United States, while also advancing scholarly understanding about the distinct and evolving missions and functions of the two highest federal appellate courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
"Lunatics, Idiots, Paupers, and Negro Seamen: Immigration Federalism and the Early American State" Studies in American Political Development 28, no. 2 (2014): 107-128.
Explains why the states, not the national government, were fully in charge of immigration policy until 1882.
"The Historical Amnesia of American Immigration Federalism" Polity 47, no. 3 (2015): 302-319.
Walks through the 1787 Constitution to find that the framers did not grant clear authorization for a national immigration power except for the naturalization clause, which pertains only to one narrow part of immigration policy.

In the News

Interview on Diversity Visa Lottery ProgramAnna On Ya Law, National Public Radio, January 15, 2018.
Anna On Ya Law quoted , "Trump Demands End to Visa Lottery after Attack" Financial times, November 1, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted in Jen Kirby, "Trump Blasts “Diversity Visa Lottery Program” after NYC Terror Attack" Vox, November 1, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted in Adolfo Flores, "Killing the Diversity Visa Program would Hurt Primarily Africans and Asians" BuzzFeed News, November 1, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted in Molly Olmstead, "President Trump Attacks “Diversity” Visa Program that was Actually Created to Benefit the Irish" Slate, November 1, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted , "Diversity Green Card Lottery: Golden Ticket for Huddled Masses" BBC, November 1, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted in Priscilla Alvarez, "The Diversity Visa Program was Created to Help Irish Immigrants" The Atlantic, November 1, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted in Miriam Valverde, "Is the Diversity Visa Program a Tool for Terrorists?" PolitiFact, November 2, 2017.
"The Irish Roots of the Diversity Visa Lottery," Anna On Ya Law, Politico Magazine, November 1, 2017.
"Can Trump Pardon Himself and His Children?," Anna On Ya Law, Bill Moyers, September 12, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted in Michael E. Miller, "‘Straight Up Pork Barrel Politics’: How the Green Card Lottery was Invented to Help the Irish" The Washington Post, May 2, 2017.
"This is How Trump’s Deportations Differ from Obama’s," Anna On Ya Law, The Washington Post, May 3, 2017.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on the Constitution in Gail Ablow, "Separation of Powers, Explained" Bill Moyers, February 10, 2017.
"Want to Challenge Trump on Immigration? Try a Strategy from the Antebellum South," Anna On Ya Law, The Conversation, January 5, 2017.
Guest to discuss deportation under Trump on CUNY TV, Anna On Ya Law, November 30, 2016.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on deporting people who are undocumented in Keegan Hamilton, "Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop" Vice, November 14, 2016.
""Fear Itself" and How Trump Manipulates Tragedies from Paris to Orlando," Anna On Ya Law, Unlawful Entries Blog, June 13, 2016.
"Cooler Heads," Anna On Ya Law, Miller Center, Spring 2016.
"The Crucial Question Reagan and LBJ Got Right - and Trump Gets Wrong," Anna On Ya Law, Talking Points Memo, October 5, 2015.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on deportation, "'Drop and Leave?' Not So Fast." NBC News, August 20, 2010.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on immigration law enforcement in Becky Schlikerman, "Most Chicagoans Don't Want Police to Hunt Illegal Immigrants, Tribune, WGN Poll Finds" Chicago Tribune, August 9, 2010.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on enforcing immigration laws in Charisma Miller, "Immigration Reform Sparks Brooklyn Reaction" Brooklyn Daily Eagle, January 30, 2013.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on immigration reform in Taimur Khan, "Obama Tries to Reform U.S. Immigration" The National, January 30, 2013.
Interview on Obama's immigration policyAnna On Ya Law, Brooklyn News 12, January 29, 2013.
"PBS: The Supreme Court," Anna On Ya Law, Narrator in episodes 1, 2, and 3, 2007.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on vulnerability of immigrants in María Inés Zamudio, "Broken Promises" Chicago Reporter, November 1, 2011.
Anna On Ya Law quoted on immigration law enforcement in María Inés Zamudio, "The Allure of Secure" Chicago Reporter, November 1, 2011.
Guest to discuss national immigration policy on Chicago Public Radio: Local Law Enforcement Struggles with Unclear Reach of Immigration Policies, Anna On Ya Law, July 28, 2011.
"Lies, Damned Lies, and Obama’s Deportation Statistics," Anna On Ya Law, The Washington Post, April 21, 2014.