San Diego Law Review

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This Synopsis highlights significant legal developments that occurred in the field of immigration in 1985. Although the Supreme Court decided only two cases concerning immigration law, the lower federal courts were highly active, especially with respect to issues evolving from illegal immigration. In 1985, increasing public debate in the United States over such issues as the sanctuary movement and the need for major immigration reform legislation evidenced the present lack of consensus as to the political, social, and economic effects which result from the flow of undocumented immigrants into this country.