Immigration Clinic students Niyala Harrison and Ana Romes, both 2Ls, successfully argued in immigration court to stop the deportation of the father of two U.S. citizen children, one of whom suffers from numerous physical and mental health concerns. The client, who had been detained by immigration authorities since late June, was able to spend this Thanksgiving at home with his wife and two children due to the efforts of the clinic students.
The clinic's client is from rural southern Mexico and is completely deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. Harrison and Romes persuaded the court that their client's family would experience a very high level of hardship if he were not allowed to remain in the United States. In particular, the deportation of their client would have exacerbated his son's physical and mental conditions.
"We are so pleased with the court's ruling," said Romes. "We provided the judge with solid and extensive documentation regarding our client's eligibility to become a legal permanent resident, and we succeeded in obtaining this excellent decision for our client and his family."
The humanitarian component of the law was clearly at work in the court's decision. "While not always apparent, the general immigration policy in support of family unification was reaffirmed by the judge's decision in our client's case," said Harrison.
In the Immigration Clinic, students advocate on behalf of low-income immigrants in a wide variety of complex immigration proceedings. Students are responsible for preparing cases from the initial factual investigation stage until the final merits hearing in an adversarial court proceeding.