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  • Foreword

    Keeping with the Albany Government Law Review’s tradition of publishing only theme- and symposia-based issues, this book focuses exclusively on the current status of immigration law in the United States. In addition to the host of articles that explain the history and development of U.S. immigration law, advocate for immigration reform, and offer practical advice on navigating the current systems, we have included an essay focused on the interactions between judges and their bevy of editors. Also included for the interested reader are two comments—one focused on New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program and the other on juror anonymity in criminal trials—and one note written on the recent Supreme Court case, Ashcroft v. Iqbal. When the notion for this issue was born in the spring of 2009, the Editorial Board and I understood that immigration law in the United States had been a steady source of concern—especially as it related to the then-fresh economic downturn—and that a collection of articles devoted to discussing the quagmire of issues would be a valuable addition to the world of legal scholarship and a catalyst for serious discussion and examination of immigration law. After compiling and editing this book, we, and the many authors, have helped to fill a void that needed to be filled.