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Local Immigrant Sheds Tears Of Joy Over Change In Deportations

Tears flowed when Caroline Vang Polly of Sterling Heights heard the news today that President Obama would halt deportations of people like her: young, law-abiding, educated, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16.

“I just can’t believe it. It’s what so many people have been working so hard for,” said the 28-year-old woman, her voice shaking.

Polly is one of the estimated 800,000 young people who would be affected by the new policy, which was reported by the Associated Press this morning in advance of an afternoon news conference.

The wire service quoted unnamed officials as saying Obama’s directive would allow undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation and be eligible for work permits if they came to the United States before they were 16, are younger than 30, have been in the United States for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history and graduated from high school, received a GED or served in the military.

“This is a long time coming,” says David Koelsch, associated professor and director of the immigration law clinic at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. “It’s just nice to see the Obama Administration wake up and recognize the reality that we’ve got good, hard-working high school and college students and people in the military who deserve better treatment.”

Koelsch has at least three clients currently who will benefit from Obama’s directive.

“I just emailed them and said, `Hey, good news,’” he said.

Bills have been introduced in the last several sessions of Congress that would have granted the same measures to young people but even with bi-partisan support, they stalled.

Polly, her parents and younger sister have been able to stay because of a private bill introduced by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Detroit) that seeks to grant them citizenship while their immigration appeal proceeds. Polly, who married last year, and her younger sister, Melanie, were born in France. Her parents, who are Hmong, fled there from southeast Asia after the American military left following the Vietnam War.

Nearly 25 years ago, the family came to Michigan on tourist visas issued to them in Europe, mistakenly believing they allowed the Vangs to stay in the States.

Polly’s parents opened Bangkok 96, a popular Thai restaurant in Dearborn, had two more children and learned years later they were actually here illegally. Their case has been in court for years.

Polly, who graduated from Walsh College with a degree in marketing, started a frozen food company with her mother last year called Thai Feast. www.thaifeast.com. They employ a dozen people around the country.

“This whole journey has really pushed us to become better citizens and to prove to the government that we’re not bad people. We pay our taxes, we’re going to school. We’re paying for our tuitions,” Polly said. “We’re working really hard and thinking about what we can do next.”

http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/809/local_immigrant_sheds_tears_of_joy_over_change_in_deportations

EVENTS


2014 Fall On-Campus Interviews: Early Interview Session - Room 121

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UDM Law welcomes participating employers to our 2014 Fall On-Campus Interview Program.


Reception at the State Bar of MI Annual Meeting - Amway Grand Hotel

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dean Phyllis Crocker will host a cocktail reception for UDM Law alumni, State Bar dignitaries, and members of the judiciary at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan in the Ruby Room of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids on Thursday, September 18, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.


Red Mass - UDM Law Campus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UDM's 102nd Annual Red Mass and Renewal of the Lawyer's Oath of Commitment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church beginning at 12:00 p.m., followed by a complimentary luncheon in the atrium of the School of Law. Red Mass is an occasion for judges, lawyers, civic leaders, faculty, and law students of all faiths to pray together at the beginning of the new judicial term, asking God to bless, strengthen, and enlighten us, so that in cooperation and mutual trust we may effectively achieve justice for all.

NEWS

  • Border refugees flock to Southwest Detroit

    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.

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  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Grants Certification to UDM’s Intellectual Property Clinic

    DETROIT, Mich. – July 31, 2014 – On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) granted certification to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law's Intellectual Property Clinic. UDM joins 46 other law schools to receive USPTO certification.

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  • Top Intern: Manpreet Gill ’15 Selected for Highly Competitive U.S. Immigration Court Position

    Manpreet ("Moni") Gill '15 recently secured a position as a legal intern at the U.S. Immigration Court in Detroit. The position is a year-long commitment and the selection process is extremely competitive. As a legal intern, Ms. Gill will assist the Immigration Court with research and writing of opinions. It is a highly-prized placement, because it allows students to gain excellent writing skills and also to see the inner workings of a very busy court.

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  • UDM Law School Receives $15,000 Project Grant

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is one of seven law establishments around the country to receive a $15,000 project grant from The American Bar Association. Grants are given through the Legal Access Job Corps initiative established by ABA President James R. Silkenat and are available to bar associations, courts, law schools or other groups that propose to employ new lawyers in innovative ways to address the legal needs of poor or moderate-income individuals.

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