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Monday, December 29, 2014

Professor Fatma Marouf Interviewed by Las Vegas Sun

Fatma Marouf is the co-director of the Immigration Clinic and an associate professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

Professor Marouf recently sat down with the Las Vegas Sun for a Dec. 23 article titled “How President Obama’s immigration order might affect Las Vegas labor.”

In the article, Professor Marouf talks about how President Obama’s immigration plan can offer more protection for undocumented workers, especially here in Nevada which has the highest population share in the country.

“Obama issued a memorandum calling for ‘modernizing and streamlining’ the immigrant visa system,” explained Professor Marouf in the article. “ … This should make it easier for skilled and unskilled workers to obtain visas to work in the U.S., which will reduce fraud and exploitation, including labor trafficking … The industries where trafficking is especially common is in the hotel and service industry. We’re talking about low-tier jobs, like servers or custodians. Interestingly, health services is also one of the more predominant areas where people work in the shadows. They’ll usually be in group homes and nursing homes where people care for the mentally ill or the elderly — places that aren’t regulated heavily.”

Drawing on her extensive experience representing individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Courts of Appeals, Professor Marouf's research probes various problems involved in adjudicating immigration cases at all levels.