In Fall 2012, the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic represented a client from Mexico in removal proceedings at the Arlington Immigration Court. The client, who has been a lawful permanent resident of the United States since 1990, first came to the United States on a work visa in 1976. He was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly a year pending his trial, and was facing removal to Mexico for a minor criminal conviction that occurred in 2010. At trial, the student-attorneys argued that our client merited a favorable exercise of discretion by the Immigration Court because of his long work history and ties to the United States, and that he has been completely rehabilitated and demonstrates genuine remorse for his crime. The judge granted our client's application for relief and praised our student-attorneys' hard work. Our client was released from detention and is looking forward to the opportunity to rebuild his life in the United States, his home for more than 36 years. The UDC student-attorneys who worked on this case are 3Ls Megan Challender, Aisha Ching, and Michael Perkins. The case was co-supervised by Professor Kristina Campbell and LL.M. Fellow Emily Torstveit Ngara.
From left: Michael Perkins, 3L; Megan Challender, 3L; Aisha Ching, 3L;