Deportation Research Clinic

Groundbreaking Legal Victory in Colorado Lawsuit against Private Prison Firm GEO - based on clinic research.
NEW 2017 BOOK! Citizenship In Question: Evidentiary Birthright and Statelessness (Duke University Press) - open access through Knowledge Unlatched!

NEW RELEASE - Analysis of citizenship claims in immigration court, January 1, 2011 through June 9, 2017, including original data released from the Executive Office of Immigration Review (updated with additional data received September 26, 2017)

The Deportation Research Clinic studies the misconduct of federal, state, and local agencies implementing deportation laws.

Working with a global network of U.S. residents who have been issued deportation orders, as well as with attorneys, law professors, journalists, policy-makers, and students, the Deportation Research Clinic:

  • Uncovers, investigates, and analyzes geographical and policy "hot spots" of misconduct among law enforcement agencies implementing deportation laws;
  • Works with communities in Illinois and beyond to discover and test new legal, political, and economic strategies to prevent and ameliorate the harms U.S. residents endure because of misconduct by government officials during deportation proceedings;
  • Has special expertise on the unlawful detention and deportation of U.S. citizens and the unlawful dollar-per-day wages paid to U.S. residents in custody under immigration laws.

Clinic in the News

  • "How Immigration Crackdowns Screw Up Americans' Lives," article on the negative impacts of immigration law enforcement, including quotes from Professor Stevens on the deportation of American citizens, from the December 2017 issue of Reason magazine.
  • "The Takeaway," interview with Professor Stevens on history of immigration detention, May 16, 2017.
  • "The Takeaway," interview with Professor Stevens on ICE detention and GEO lawsuit, March 13, 2017.
  • Charlie Rose, interview with Professor Stevens on detention, open borders, private prisons, March 10, 2017.

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