César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a law professor at the University of Denver and the author of two books: Crimmigration Law and Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Newsweek, and he publishes crimmigration.com, a blog about criminal & immigration law. He was a Fulbright scholar in Slovenia and is a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. César was born & raised in McAllen, Texas, and is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College.


Imagine 2019 speaker César García Hernández shares his thoughts with TEDxMileHigh on immigration law, how history shapes the present day, not being your own obstacle, and Billie Holiday. Find out what advice César lives by and how you can support his big idea.

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For most of America’s history, we simply did not lock people up for migrating here. Yet over the last thirty years, the federal and state governments have increasingly tapped their powers to incarcerate people accused of violating immigration laws. As a result, almost 400,000 people annually now spend some time locked up pending the result of a civil or criminal immigration proceeding.

In Migrating to Prison, leading scholar César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández takes a hard look at the immigration prison system’s origins, how it currently operates, and why. 

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