Stephen Yale-Loehr

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Stephen Yale-Loehr is an American law professor[1] and immigration law attorney.[2] Yale-Loehr earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Cornell University in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He was editor-in-chief of the Cornell International Law Journal during his time at the law school. Upon graduating he clerked for Judge Howard G. Munson of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York. Yale-Loehr has been a member of the Cornell Law faculty since 1991.


Yale-Loehr practices U.S. immigration law.[3][4][5][6] He teaches immigration and asylum law at Cornell Law School and serves as counsel for the firm Miller Mayer[7] in Ithaca, New York. From 1986 to 1994 he served as managing and executive editor, respectively, of two immigration law publications: Interpreter Releases[8] Immigration Briefings.[9] For 10 years he co-authored a bi-monthly immigration column for the New York Law Journal.[10] He also founded and was the first executive director of Invest In the USA, a trade association for the EB-5 visa Regional Center Program.[11][12]

Yale-Loehr has frequently testified before Congress relating to EB-5,[13] L-1[14] and H1-B[15] visas and other immigration related topics.[16][17] In 2015 and 2016, he was interviewed by news outlets regarding Donald Trump's proposed Muslim immigration ban,[18][19][20] his "extreme vetting" proposal,[21][22] and Melania Trump's past immigration status(es).[23][24] Post-election, he has been interviewed by many major news outlets (such as NPR,[25] The New York Times,[26][27][28][29][30], ABC News[31], USA Today[32],[33][34] CNN,[35][36][37] [38]Los Angeles Times,[39] Fortune,[40] Time,[41] Financial Times,[42] Bloomberg[43] CBC News[44], and Reuters[45][46]) regarding the immigration policies and possibilities of the President-elect.

He was also interviewed regarding the United States v. Texas Supreme Court decision in 2016, regarding the constitutionality of President Obama's executive action creating the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program.[47][48]

Yale Loehr was the 2001 recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Elmer Fried Award for excellence in teaching[49] and the 2004 winner of American Immigration Lawyers Association's Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.[50] He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation,[51] a Nonresident Fellow[52] at the Migration Policy Institute, and a founding member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers.[53]


He is the co-author of the 20-volume treatise Immigration Law and Procedure which is considered one of the standard reference works in the field[54] and is often cited in U.S. Supreme Court and other federal court case opinions.[55][56][57] His other published books are:

  • Co-author, Immigration And Nationality Law: Problems And Strategies (2013)
  • Editor, Global Business Immigration Practice Guide (2012)
  • S. Amrhein, A. Lindquist, L. Danielson & S. Yale-Loehr, Green Card Stories (2012)
  • Co-author, Secure Borders, Open Doors: Visa Procedures In The Post-September 11 Era (2005)
  • Co-author, America’s Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties, And National Unity After September 11 (2003)
  • C. Gordon, S. Mailman, S. Yale-Loehr & R. Wada, Immigration Law And Procedure
  • D. Papademetriou & S. Yale-Loehr, Balancing Interests: Rethinking U.S. Selection Of Skilled Immigrants (1996)
  • S. Yale-Loehr, Understanding The Immigration Act Of 1990 (1991)
  • M. Roberts & S. Yale-Loehr, Understanding The 1986 Immigration Law (1987)


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  21. ^ Times, Los Angeles. "Donald Trump calls for 'extreme vetting' and an ideological test for would-be immigrants". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  22. ^ "Why Trump's immigration ideas won't work". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  23. ^, The Washington Times. "Melania Trump's immigration file requested". Retrieved 2016-08-14.
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  25. ^ "For Refugees And Advocates, An Anxious Wait For Clarity On Trump's Policy". Retrieved 2016-11-27.
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  28. ^ Kulish, Nicholas (2017-06-13). "Torture Victim, Expecting a U.S. Handshake, Was Given Handcuffs Instead". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  29. ^ Medina, Jennifer (2017-01-26). "Trump's Immigration Order Expands the Definition of 'Criminal'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  30. ^ Moyer, Liz (2016-11-15). "U.S. Foreign Investor Program Funding More Luxury Projects". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  31. ^ "Trump's immigration agenda faces serious legal hurdles, no matter who is homeland security secretary". ABC News. 2019-04-08. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  32. ^ "ICE on ice? Move to abolish ICE, at center of storm in immigration battle, has a long way to go". USA Today. June 28, 2018.
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  34. ^ "Yes, Trump will have broad power to crack down on immigration". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  35. ^ Reporter, Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court. "Meet the immigrant who got a second chance from Justice Neil Gorsuch". CNN. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  36. ^ CNN, Laura Jarrett. "Supreme Court order may cause travel chaos". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  37. ^ CNN, Tal Kopan. "What the immigration battle could look like under Trump". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  38. ^ CNN, David Shortell, Jennifer Hansler and Michelle Kosinski. "Trump says Alabama woman who joined ISIS should not return to US". CNN. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  39. ^ Dolan, Maura; Kaleem, Jaweed (2017-06-12). "U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  40. ^ Ingram, Mathew. "Trump's Own Tweets Help Kill His Government's Travel Ban, Again". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  41. ^ Rhodan, Maya. "What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for Travelers". Money. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
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  43. ^ Brubaker Calkins, Laurel (May 2, 2018). "Texas's DACA Challenge Sets Up Supreme Court Showdown". Bloomberg.
  44. ^ Kwong, Matt (April 9, 2019). "Trump's tougher border policy appears to be backfiring, experts and data suggest". CBC News. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
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