Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic is directed by Professor and immigration expert Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia. At the Clinic, students produce white papers, practitioner toolkits, and primers of national impact for institutional clients based in Washington D.C., and across the nation. Organizational clients have included the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council (AIC), Human Rights First, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), and Project South, among others.
Students at the Clinic also engage in community outreach and education on immigration topics such as immigration remedies for victims of crimes and Presidential executive actions on immigration, and in this capacity has worked closely with the Borough of State College and local organizations on emerging immigration topics. The Clinic also provides legal support in individual cases of immigrants challenging deportation (removal) or seeking protection by the Department of Homeland Security and in the courts. Following the Presidential election 2016, the Clinic has reached more than 500 individuals and families and served as a clearinghouse for the community and nationally on changing immigration law and policy. The Clinic is a member of Welcoming America, a national movement of organizations and municipal governments interested in making their communities more welcoming to immigrants and refugees.
Professor Wadhia’s teaching goal is for students to gain the skills required to be effective immigration advocates and attorneys. This requires a combined understanding and appreciation for immigration law, policy, and politics, and the relationships between them. Students have primary responsibility in making case/project-related decisions, reflecting deliberatively on their work, and collaborating with clients to achieve positive results.
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The individuals listed in this document are members of AILA’s Middle East Interest Group and have graciously agreed to serve as a referral for members in our community impacted by the Travel Ban. Updated July 23, 2018.
On Thursday, July 5, the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights hosted an information session focused on recent events regarding the travel ban and family separation policies. The event included information about recent Supreme Court decisions and other relevant litigation, presidential executive orders, the impact of both the travel ban and family separation policy, and a question-and-answer session.
On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion in the case of Trump v. Hawaii. (Travel Ban 3.0). Writing for the five justice majority, Chief Justice Roberts held [that President Trump’s travel ban does not violate the constitution or the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)]. The Proclamation will continue to be fully in force indefinitely. Updated July 2, 2018.
The Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic has released a factsheet on the April 24 decision from the D.C. District Court that prohibited the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from moving forward with the DACA rescission as well as DHS Secretary Nielsen's memo from June 22 that provided the court with further explanation for the department's decision to vacate the DACA policy. Updated June 23, 2018.
On June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court, in a majority decision, ruled that the stop-time rule will not be applied to noncitizens who are served NTAs that do not include, at a bare minimum, the time and place of the hearing. Until a noncitizen is served an NTA that includes such information, the noncitizen will be able to continue to accrue continuous physical presence for “cancellation of removal” purposes. The decision could also have implications for a broader set of noncitizens who are served NTAs without a specified time and location.
The Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic has released a factsheet on President Trump's executive order to "maintain family unity, including by detaining families together,” while continuing to mandate prosecution against individuals who cross the border irregularly. This factsheet provides background information, answers to many questions the public might have regarding the policy, and links to additional resources. Updated June 20, 2018.
The Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic has released a factsheet on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy against those who irregularly cross the border, which has the result of separating families. This factsheet provides background information, answers to many questions the public might have regarding the policy, and links to additional resources. Updated June 20, 2018.
A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress and the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law examines the feeling of uncertainty that has invaded most every aspect of life for DACA recipients pursuing legal careers since President Donald Trump took office. The brief highlights the complex experiences of nearly three dozen law students and lawyers with DACA and provides policy recommendations to help support these individuals in their education and chosen profession. Updated June 7, 2018.
For more information and resources, visit our Immigration After the Election page.