Real Cases. Real Experience.
Since the administration’s implementation of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in June 2012, the immigration clinic led efforts to assist DREAMers in filing applications under the program and developed model materials for group workshops that have been used throughout the country. Clinic students and other volunteers participated in 13 DACA workshops in Austin.
The clinic also successfully represented several DREAMers who were undocumented students at the University of Texas when they were injured in a serious car accident. Our clients obtained U visas, which are available to immigrant victims of certain crimes, as a result of the clinic students’ advocacy and representation.
Clinic students handled cutting-edge asylum claims from Mexico filed by individuals fleeing drug-related violence and government repression of human rights defenders. Most notably, in several hearings in the San Antonio Immigration Court over the period of a year, clinic students successfully represented more than a dozen members of a large family of Mexican activists from the Juarez Valley region of Mexico in their applications for asylum. The clinic has also participated in a national initiative to secure pro-bono representation for Mexican asylum seekers as well as provide documentation and expert witnesses to support these cases.
More Members fo the Reyes Salazar Family Win Asylum
Clinic students provide weekly pro-se advice and legal assistance to unrepresented immigrant women detained at the T. Don Hutto detention center. The facility houses women migrants, most of whom are seeking asylum. The students sometimes take on individual representation of women detained at the facility. During 2013-2014, student attorneys obtained release from detention for several women, allowing them to rejoin their families in the United States while pursuing their asylum claims.
Clinic students successfully argued that an intending DACA applicant was actually a U.S. citizen. This young woman, born in Mexico to a U.S. citizen mother, now holds a certificate of U.S. citizenship. She has the stability she needs to raise her young child born in the United States.
Clinic students represented a single father in deportation proceedings before the San Antonio Immigration Court. The client had traveled to the United States from Mexico as a small child and had grown up in a small Texas town; he is currently raising two young daughters born here. The client could not regularize his status along with the rest of his family because of technicalities in the law and faced deportation proceedings after a traffic stop led to immigration detention. In a bid to obtain lawful permanent resident status, the student attorneys conducted a full-day hearing involving submission of evidence, direct examination of several witnesses and a closing argument.
The Working Group on Human Rights and the Border Wall prepared a submission to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights highlighting violations of the Right to Property, Non-Discrimination, and Indigenous Rights of Residents of the Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Texas-Mexio Border.