Leti Volpp

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.”

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.”

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.”