(LAWG-4087) - 2 UNITS

This course is an in-depth look at immigration issues at the border. Asylum seekers reach our Southern Border daily seeking protection. Their detention can lead to family detention or separation of children and parents. Students enrolled in this course will focus on asylum law, enforcement trends, and avenues to release from immigration detention (such as parole and bond). They will also be exposed to changes in immigration policy, current legal issues and will have several opportunities to represent clients. To reinforce practical and doctrinal lessons from the classroom, students will travel to Karnes Detention Center during spring break. For one week, students will work closely with the CARA Project serving women, children and separated families held in immigration detention. Students will support clients in their asylum cases by interacting with immigration officials and appearing in immigration court on their behalf. Students must be available from Saturday, February 29th to Sunday, March 8 for the trip to Texas. Participation in the trip is mandatory to enrolling in this course. Students will also be required to attend a class trip to Adelanto Detention Center on a Friday prior to March travel.

Experiential Course  

Immigration Law (LAWG-4017)  (can be taken concurrently)
Separated and Detained: Asylum and Detention Externship (LAWG-5007)  (can be taken concurrently)