The Oklahoma Law Review invites you to its Annual Symposium on Friday, November 14, 2014, discussing the Supreme Court's 1889 immigration law decision Chae Chan Ping v. United States and how it continues to shape immigration policy today.

In 1889, the Supreme Court of the United States decided one of the most significant cases in immigration law: Chae Chan Ping vs. United States. In that decision, the Court held that Congressional determinations about who to admit into and exclude from the United States are “conclusive upon the judiciary."

This holding, later characterized as the “plenary power” doctrine, throws a wrench in the traditional understanding of the United States as having three co-equal branches of government. In the immigration context, the judiciary stands down. It will not review Congressional decisions on immigration, even if those decisions might be considered unconstitutional had they been applied to U.S. citizens.

One hundred and twenty five years later, Chae Chan Ping remains a powerful force in immigration law. Our panel of experts will debate the continuing relevance of this nineteenth-century decision.

The symposium will feature presentations by David Martin, Kevin Johnson, Margaret Taylor, Rose Cuison Villzor, Victor Romero, and Michael Scaperlanda. It will be held from 9 a.m. till noon, in the Bell Courtroom, Andrew Coats Hall, OU Law Center, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK.  Lunch will be served following the presentations.  Parking will be available in the south lot of the College of Law.  Please RSVP to Amanda Lee at by Monday, November 10.