Mary Fan

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  • Mar 27, 2017

    Source: The Daily

    UW law professor Mary Fan, who specializes in immigration law, oversees UW law students involved in the NWIRP and UW Law School cooperative titled the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project. It primarily assists immigrant victims of domestic violence who are eligible to self-petition for a U visa. “These families have come through great adversity and epitomize the American dream’s power,” Fan said. “Obtaining the law enforcement certification is one of the crucial parts of the process, in addition to telling the violence survivor’s story in the petition.” (3/27/17)
  • Mar 16, 2017

    Source: The Washington Post

    "The judge actually tackled the big elephant in the room, which has drawn so much consternation," Fan said. "The history and the many, many statements from Trump and his senior advisers will haunt this travel ban however long the language of it evolves," Fan said. "You can't rewrite history, all the many quotes and tweets that are already out there." (3/16/17)
  • Feb 10, 2017

    Source: The Washington Post

    "The court can't abdicate responsibility in the face of fear-filled words like 'terrorism' or terms of deference like 'national security.' These are, of course, important interests, but you have to have substance behind the words," Fan told The Post.

    "You can't just play upon these fears without giving the court a substantial reason to justify extreme exercises of power," Fan said. "The Trump administration made the 9th Circuit's job easier in the sense that they were so extreme in what they claimed about unreviewability that they made themselves into a straw man easy to knock down." (2/10/17)
  • Dec 02, 2016

    Source: KQED

    Professor Mary Fan with the University of Washington School of Law says the Supreme Court justices must decide whether the law supports the power of Congress and the executive branch to hold immigrants — or whether the 9th Circuit was right to impose some limits. (12/2/16)
  • Nov 30, 2016

    Source: KQED

    Professor Mary Fan with the University of Washington School of Law says the Supreme Court justices must decide whether the law supports the power of Congress and the executive branch to hold immigrants — or whether the 9th Circuit was right to impose some limits. (11/30/16)
  • Nov 23, 2016

    Source: New York Daily News

    President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to cancel all federal funding for immigrant-friendly “sanctuary cities” — a move that could put him on a collision course with not just New York, but hundreds of jurisdictions around the country. (11/23/16)
  • Nov 15, 2016

    Source: The New York Times

    Mayors of major U.S. cities say they will do all they can to protect residents from deportation, despite President-elect Donald Trump's vows to withhold potentially millions of dollars in taxpayer money if they do not cooperate. For Congress to impose conditions on federal money heading to the states, the conditions must be related to the funding's purpose, the U.S. Supreme Court has said. "If the funding is for improving childhood education, it's hard to say that's reasonably related to local law-enforcement cooperation with deportations," said Mary Fan, a University of Washington law school professor. (11/15/16)
  • Nov 04, 2016

    Source: The New York Times

    If walls, with their myriad weaknesses and unintended consequences, so often fail, why do we persist in building them? Because a fetish for hardware feeds the fantasy that we can resolve large, complex problems with concrete and steel, argues the legal scholar Mary Fan.

    "The more the prevention-through-deterrence paradigm has become strained by proof of its inefficacy," she writes, "the more object-oriented it has become: more layers of triple fencing, more sophisticated military equipment such as remote sensors and unmanned aircraft." (11/4/16)
  • Oct 28, 2016

    Source: The Seattle Times

    One juror offers an explanation: Prosecutors failed to convince the jury that the seven defendants not only participated in the plot to take over the wildlife refuge, but intended to violate the law by using threats and intimidation to keep federal workers from their jobs. (10/28/16)
  • Sep 26, 2016

    Source: The New York Times

    Facing pressure from politicians and protesters, the police in Charlotte, N.C., on released body and dashboard camera video footage of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (9/26/16)

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