Faculty Profiles

Hiroshi Motomura

Hiroshi Motomura

Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A. Yale, 1974
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1978
UCLA Faculty Since 2007


Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (with T.A. Aleinikoff, D. Martin, M. Fullerton, & J. Stumpf). 8th ed. Thomson West (2016). With Teacher's Manual.
Immigration Outside the Law. Oxford University Press (2014). Abstract
Forced Migration: Law and Policy (with D. Martin, T.A. Aleinikoff, & M. Fullerton). 2d ed. West (2013). With Teachers Manual.
Americans In Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States. Oxford University Press (2006). Paperback edition: 2007. Abstract
Immigration Controls: The Search for Workable Policies in Germany and the United States (edited by Kay Hailbronner, David A. Martin and Hiroshi Motomura). Berghahn Press (1998).
Immigration Admissions: The Search for Workable Policies in Germany and the United States (edited by Kay Hailbronner, David A. Martin and Hiroshi Motomura). Berghahn Press (1997).

Articles and Chapters

Arguing About Sanctuary, 52 UC Davis Law Review 435 (2018). Full Text
The President’s Dilemma: Executive Authority, Enforcement, and the Rule of Law in Immigration Law, 55 Washburn Law Journal 1 (2015). Full Text
Children and Parents, Innocence and Guilt, 128 Harvard Law Review Forum 137 (2015). Full Text
Designing Temporary Worker Programs, 80 University of Chicago Law Review 263-88 (2013). Full Text
Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship, and Broad-Scale Legalization​, 16 Lewis & Clark Law Review 1127-48 (2012). Full Text
Who Belongs?: Immigration Outside the Law and the Idea of Americans in Waiting, 2 UC Irvine Law Review 359-79 (2012). Full Text
The Discretion That Matters: Federal Immigration Enforcement, State and Local Arrests, and the Civil-Criminal Line, 58 UCLA Law Review 1819-58 (2011). Full Text
What Is "Comprehensive Immigration Reform"?: Taking the Long View, 63 Arkansas Law Review 225-41 (2010). Full Text
The Rights of Others: Legal Claims and Immigration Outside the Law, 59 Duke Law Journal 1723-86 (2010). Full Text
Immigration Outside the Law, 108 Columbia Law Review 2037 (2008). Full Text
The Rule of Law in Immigration Law, 15 Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law 139 (2008).
Choosing Immigrants, Making Citizens, 59 Stanford Law Review 857 (2007). Full Text
We Asked for Workers, But Families Came: Time, Law, and the Family in Immigration and Citizenship, 14 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & Law 103 (2006). Full Text
Immigration Law and Federal Court Jurisdiction Through the Lens of Habeas Corpus, 91 Cornell Law Review 459 (2006). Full Text
Brown v. Board of Education, Immigrants, and the Meaning of Equality, 49 New York Law School Law Review 1145 (2004).
Immigration and "We the People" After September 11, 66 Albany Law Review 413 (2003).
Judicial Review in Immigration Cases After AADC: Lessons From Civil Procedure, 14 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 385 (2000). Full Text
The Year Is 2020: Looking Back on the Elian Gonzalez Case (A Fantasy), 77 Interpreter Releases 853 (2000).
Family Reunification in United States Immigration Law and Policy: The Limits of Congressional Power, in Einwanderungskontrolle Und Menschenrechte 83 (edited by edited by K. Hailbronner & E. Klein, C.F. Müller Verlag, 1999).
Federalism, International Human Rights, and Immigration Exceptionalism, 70 University of Colorado Law Review 1361 (1999). Full Text
Alienage Classifications in a Nation of Immigrants: Three Models of Permanent Residence, in Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century 191 (edited by N. Pikus, Rowman & Littlefield, 1998).
Whose Immigration Law?: Citizens, Aliens, and the Constitution, 97 Columbia Law Review 1567 (1997). Review essay.
Whose Alien Nation?: Two Models of Constitutional Immigration Law, 94 Michigan Law Review 1927 (1996). Review essay.
Giving Due Deference to Due Deference: Or, Do Courts of Appeals Always Follow the BIA? (with N. Wettstein), in Vol. 21996-97 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook 408 (edited by P. Murphy, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1996).
The Family and Immigration: A Roadmap for the Ruritanian Lawmaker, 43 American Journal of Comparative Law 511 (1995).
Immigration and Alienage, Federalism and Proposition 187, 3 Virginia Journal of International Law 201 (1994).
Haitian Asylum Seekers: Interdiction and Immigrants' Rights, 26 Cornell International Law Journal 695 (1993).
The Curious Evolution of Immigration Law: Procedural Surrogates for Substantive Constitutional Rights, 92 Columbia Law Review 1625 (1992).
Immigration Law After a Century of Plenary Power: Phantom Constitutional Norms and Statutory Interpretation, 100 Yale Law Journal 545 (1990).
Arbitration and Collateral Estoppel: Using Preclusion to Shape Procedural Choices, 63 Tulane Law Review 29 (1988).
Using Judgments as Evidence, 70 Minnesota Law Review 979 (1986).
Preclearance Under Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, 61 North Carolina Law Review 189 (1983).
Protecting Outside Shareholders in a Corporate Subsidiary: A Comparative Look at the Private and Judicial Roles in the United States and Germany, 1980 Wisconsin Law Review 61 (1980).
Haftungsprinzip, Haftungsbefreiung und Vertragsbeendigung beim internationalen Kauf (with Hans-Joachim Bartels), 43 Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 649 (1979).
Employees and Independent Contractors Under the National Labor Relations Act, 2 Industrial Relations Law Journal 278 (1977).