Baltimore Law Clinic on Front Lines of Immigration Crisis

Baltimore Law Clinic on Front Lines of Immigration Crisis

"As the director of the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, Elizabeth Keyes has overseen case after case over the past two years involving immigrants hoping to remain in the country.

But Keyes said some of the most compelling cases are those of children who cross the U.S. border illegally, sometimes without family members accompanying them, and often fleeing gang violence.

“They’re incredibly rewarding cases,” she said, “but there’s always a moment of cognitive dissonance when you go to court and see a room full of kids in front of a judge, and you just think, “Why are we putting so many resources to bear to send these kids back to places where they could be harmed?’”

With thousands of children entering into the country illegally in recent months, it’s not easy for all of them to get access to legal representation, especially for those who are detained at the border, Keyes said." - Associated Press, Aug. 2, 2014.