In the News

Leti Volpp in the news:

Saving Muslim women

Leti Volpp writes for Public Books, August 1, 2015

“This book is a great service to those of us who have long wanted for a resource we can recommend to explain why Muslim women do not need saving.… Constraint is a human condition, not one unique to Muslim women. We are all constrained; we all struggle; we all live lives we did not fully choose.”

Why Chinese moms want American babies

Leti Volpp interviewed by CNN, February 9, 2015

“If things become economically or politically uncertain in one’s country of origin, the children have a place to come to,” said Leti Volpp, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The children can “then sponsor their parents when they turn 21.”

Legality of Obama’s immigration order

Leti Volpp quoted in The Daily Herald, November 19, 2014

“I have no doubt that President Obama has executive branch legal authority to take the expected immigration action,” Leti Volpp … said in an email interview Wednesday. “Every president since 1956 has used executive authority to grant temporary immigration relief to one or more groups in need of assistance.”

Brown signs bill limiting detention duration for undocumented immigrants

Leti Volpp quoted in The Daily Californian, October 7, 2013

Leti Volpp, a professor of law at UC Berkeley, said California should encourage legislation that recognizes immigrants as part of the community rather than removing them from it…. Volpp said she hopes the TRUST Act will “remove daily insecurities” for undocumented students in California.

Bill to allow undocumented students to receive law licenses awaits Brown’s signature

Leti Volpp quoted in The Daily Californian, October 1, 2013

Volpp also said AB 1024 is another small step toward seeing undocumented immigrants as part of “our community.” The students who are able to pass the bar exam should not be excluded due to their legal status but should be praised for their accomplishment, she said. “Half of the applicants to the California state bar get rejected every year,” Volpp said. “Legal status is the least important question on whether or not someone should be allowed to practice law.”

Against the Grain

Leti Volpp interviewed on KPFA-FM, Against the Grain, April 18, 2012

If a particular actor engages in what we might think of as a bad act … we create narratives that are very different. If the actor is somebody that is Muslim, the presumption is that that person is motivated by their culture or by Islam. If the actor is a white American, most often people think of this as an individual act of pathology, and they don’t blame this on some kind of broader, white American culture.