Professor David Koelsch, Director Immigration Law Clinic, comments on "Border Refugees Flock to Southwest Detroit"
Public opinion is currently divided over what the U.S. government should do with tens of thousands of young Central Americans who have come to the U.S. within the past year. The Immigration Law Clinic is stepping up to represent some of the children who faced tough circumstances in their home countries, went through difficult journeys to come to the U.S., and are adjusting to life in a new country.
Part of being a lawyer is not taking on the easy or popular cases. Students in UDM's Immigration Law Clinic learn this lesson early on: our Jesuit and Mercy values teach us to care for people in need and to focus our energy and expertise on doing what we can to make sure that these children are able to present their claims as well as possible. We may not win all of the cases and some of our clients may face returning to a very dangerous future in their countries but that does not mean we do not give it our all, no matter the odds or whether what we are doing is popular.
We don't do it for the money (there is none) and we don't do it for the fame (ditto). We do it because it's the right thing to do, because we can help ensure that the process these children face is fair, and because our students learn valuable legal skills and life lessons along the way.