In the News

Leti Volpp in the news:

Trump and immigrants: Wide fear of deportations in Bay Area, but how will it work?

Leti Volpp quoted by East Bay Times, Nov. 18, 2016

Federal law already allows the deportation of legal permanent residents with even minor convictions, such as possessing a small amount of drugs, or petty theft, said UC Berkeley law professor Leti Volpp. “There has been a lot of criticism of how the criminal grounds (for deportation) have broadened over time, sweeping in minor offenses,” said Volpp, who specializes in immigration law.

Students gather to hear faculty speak out at ‘Trump Teach-In’

Leti Volpp quoted by The Daily Californian, Oct. 18, 2016

Volpp, a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Law, began the event with an overview of Trump’s immigration policies and how they specifically affect Berkeley students, explaining that Trump’s idea of the wall portrays a “retrograde image of American border security.”

Would Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims in the US be constitutional?

Leti Volpp interviewed by Yahoo!, Dec. 8, 2015

Leti Volpp … agreed that there is no way that categorically barring Muslims from entering the country could be legal. … “Citizens have a right to enter the country of their citizenship. In terms of noncitizens, while the political branches are given some deference in crafting exclusion laws, that deference is not absolute, and this would violate the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, not to mention the guarantee of freedom of religion.”

Trump calls for ‘complete shutdown’ on Muslims entering US

Leti Volpp interviewed by Associated Press, Dec. 7, 2015

“Excluding almost a quarter of the world’s population from setting foot in the United States based solely upon their religious identity would never pass constitutional muster,” Volpp said.

Reactions to Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering US

Leti Volpp quoted in The Fresno Bee, Dec. 7, 2015

“Is Trump talking about Muslim-American citizens? If so, the right to enter one’s country of citizenship is an internationally guaranteed human right.”

The dangers of “downloading while Asian”

Leti Volpp interviewed by SF Weekly News, Nov. 25, 2015

“Asians, and in particular the Chinese, were structured as aliens to be excluded,” she said, adding that people should be skeptical of embracing the “model minority” stereotype. “We’ve seen people being profiled for downloading data while Asian. Now people are being profiled for emailing while Chinese,” Volpp said.

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.