Since the rollout of the “Remain in Mexico” program in south Texas in the summer of 2019, the clinic has engaged in efforts to address the extreme harms suffered by asylum seekers trapped in northern Mexico during their U.S. Immigration Court proceedings as a result of this new policy.
Students in the Immigration Clinic represent vulnerable low-income immigrants from all over the world before the immigration and federal courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Students gain hands-on experience by taking on the primary responsibility and decision-making authority for their cases, under the mentorship of the clinic directors.
Cases and Projects
The Clinic authored and joined with dozens of law and social science professors to submit an “EXPERT RESPONSE TO THE FINAL EMERGENCY INTERIM REPORT OF THE CBP FAMILIES AND CHILDREN CARE PANEL OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY COUNCIL” in May 2019. The response discusses current immigration realities at the US-Mexico border.
“I was treated like an animal” Abuses Against African Detainees at the West Texas Detention Facility
This report is prepared on behalf of approximately 80 African immigrants who were held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the West Texas Detention Facility (WTDF) in Sierra Blanca, Texas, from approximately February 23, 2018, to March 2, 2018. The WTDF is a large detention facility currently operated under a federal government contract with LaSalle Corrections, a private prison company. The report documents serious allegations of human rights abuses based on interviews conducted by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the Texas A&M University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, and the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic with 30 African detainees on March 13 and 14, 2018.