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29 Conn. L. Rev. 1395 (1996-1997)
Admissions and Denials: A Dialogic Introduction to the Immigration Law Symposium

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VOLUME 29                 SUMMER 1997                  NUMBER 4
Admissions and Denials:
A Dialogic Introduction to
the Immigration Law Symposium
United States immigration law is currently in a state of upheaval.
Three major statutes enacted in 1996 have produced changes in sub-
stance and procedure that affect every aspect of immigration practice.
The effects of particular changes, and the interactive consequences of
the multiple changes, cannot be fully foreseen, and they will occupy
analysts, administrators and courts for years to come.  The present
Symposium offers a series of assessments of crucial aspects of immi-
gration policy, as it exists and as it is evolving.
The three transformative statutes are the Antiterrorism and Effective
Death Penalty Act (AEDPA),' the Personal Responsibility and Work
Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRA),2 and the Illegal Immigration
Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA).3 The first two
of these statutes were not primarily about immigration. AEDPA was a
conjunction of two distinct legislative projects, with some additional
immigration provisions tacked on. Its original purpose dealt with ter-
rorism, both in the criminal context and in the immigration context, but
* Professor of Law, Columbia Law SchooL
1. Pub. L. No. 104-132, 110 Stat. 1214 (1996).
2. Pub. L. No. 104-193, 110 Stat. 2105 (1996).
3. Pub. L. No. 104-208, div. C, 110 StaL 3009 (1996).

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