CLE: 2007: Immigration: Balancing 9/11 and Humanitarian Concerns

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CLE: 2007: Immigration: Balancing 9/11 and Humanitarian Concerns

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Bill Piatt

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St. Mary's University School of Law San Antonio Texas Alumni Homecoming, St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Homecoming

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2007-03-30

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St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Homecoming

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I1nn1igration: Balancing 9/11
and Humanitarian Concerns
Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law

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School of Law at St. Mary's University

Robert William "Bill" Piatt
ph: (21 0) 436-3533
email: bpiatt@stmarytx.edu
Dean and Ryan Professor of Law
B.A., 1972, Eastern New Mexico University
J.D. , 1975, University ofNew Mexico
Before St. Mary's

In addition to working as a government attorney and in
private practice, before becoming Dean of St. Mary's
University School ofLaw in June, 1998, Dean Piatt
taught at:





The University of Oklahoma
Washburn University
Southern Illinois University
Texas Tech University

Highlights:

• Taught law in Mexico and Spain
• Received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Eastern New Mexico
University (1997)
• Delivered an address to international educators at the opening session of the
soth anniversary celebration of the People's University Law School in Beijing,
China (December 2000)
Publications

In addition to many articles, Dean Piatt has published several books:
• "Black and Brown in America: The Case for Cooperation" (New
York University) Press, 1997). This book examines a multitude of
issues central to the interaction between Blacks and Hispanics.
Former Mayor David Dinkins ofNew York wrote the Foreword.
The book has received favorable comment in articles that appeared
in: the News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.); The Atlanta Journal &
Constitution; The Austin American-Statesman; The Commercial
Appeal (Memphis); The Sunday Gazette Mail (Charlotte, S.C.); the
Wisconsin State Journal; and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Publication of the book was noted in The Chronicle ofHigher
Education. Dean Piatt has been interviewed on WBAI-FM, New
York, on the national Talkback Radio Network, on the Texas State
Radio network, by Telemundo (internationai Spanish language
television network) and by numerous local television and radio

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stations nationwide. The book has been cited in numerous law
reviews and was named "Outstanding Book on the Subject of
Human Rights in North America" in 1998 by the Gustavus Myers
Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America.
• "Immigration Law: Cases and Materials"(The Michie Company,
1994).
• "Language on the Job: Balancing Business Needs and Employee
Rights" (University of New Mexico Press, 1993). Provides an
analysis of the jurisprudence of language discrimination in the
workplace. Publication was noted in the Michigan Law Review
and the book as reviewed in: the Fort Worth Star-Telegram;
Choice; and various law reviews. Language on the Job was
named "Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in
North America" by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of
Human Rights in North America in 1994. It was also selected as
an Outstanding Academic Book ofthe Year by Choice Magazine ,
1994.
• "Only English? Law and Language Policy in the United States. "
(U.N.M. Press, Spring, 1990). This book analyzes historical,
legal, political, and philosophical interests at stake in the current
language rights debate. The book has been widely cited.

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3/26/2007

Immigration: Balancing 9/11 and Humanitarian Concerns
Bill Piatt, Dean and Ryan Professor of Law
St. Mary's University School ofLaw

A critical component of defending this country from terrorist attack involves ensuring that those
who enter our country do not harm us. This presentation summarizes immigration law and
policy as it concerns homeland security. The magnitude of this problem is enormous as the
lecture will demonstrate. The problem is not limited simply to those who are crossing our
borders illegally; rather, the problem extends to those who enter legally and then overstay their
visas. How many of those who enter illegally or overstay visas are here to imbed themselves to
join in an attack later? How do we balance these security concerns against the need to respect
the human rights of immigrants? Addressing these issues requires knowledge of who is allowed
to live and work in the United States, what enforcement mechanisms exist, and what additional
steps need to be undertaken.

I. Who May Live and Work in the U.S.A.?
A. Citizens
1. By birth in the United States pursuant to the 141h Amendment
2. By birth in the United States territories
3. By blood relationship
4. Naturalization of permanent resident aliens

B. Permanent Resident Aliens
1. Family Connections
a. Immediate relatives of United States citizens (children, spouses, and
parents ofUnited States citizens).
b. Family-Sponsored Visas
I. Unmarried sons, daughters ofUnited States citizens
2. Spouses, children ofpennanent resident aliens
3. Marries sons, daughters ofUnited States citizens
4. Brothers and sisters of United States citizens
2. Employment Based
a. Priority Workers
b. Professionals with advanced degrees
c. Workers in short supply, bachelor degrees
d. Employment creation
e. Diversity (lottery)

3. Asylum
C. Non-Immigrants
1. Non-Immigrants constitute the largest number of aliens entering the United
States
2. The most numerous categories include Visitors for Business or Pleasure ("B"),
Students ("F"), and temporary workers ("H")

II. What Enforcement Mechanisms Exist?
A. Exclusion and Removal
B. Private Sector

III. What Additional Enforcement Efforts Are Required To Help Protect Us?
A. Enforcement mechanisms
l. There are various matters which could be considered including implementation
of laser border crossing cards, requirement that United States citizens carry
passports upon entry, creating physical barriers along the borders, enhanced
efforts to remove those who overstay visas, and others

2. What role should the private sector be required to play in immigration
enforcement?
B. Push and pull factors: breaking tl1e "magnet" of employment oppmiunities.
1. Social service availability and limitations
2. Funding the cost of additional health care and education
3. Children?

IV. What Impact would Enforcement Effmis Have on the Human Rights oflmmigrants and
Citizens?

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Bill Piatt, “CLE: 2007: Immigration: Balancing 9/11 and Humanitarian Concerns,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed August 20, 2017, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMU_HomecomingCLE2007Piatt.

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