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News Posted on June 23, 2017

UC Immigrant Legal Services Center Featured in Los Angeles Times

The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center is featured in a Los Angeles Times article that describes Executive Director María Blanco and the center’s attorneys as “academia’s go-to experts” on immigration policy amidst the growing demands for legal services among immigrant communities.

The article focuses on questions surrounding the Trump administration’s stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and quotes Blanco, Managing Attorney Rachel Ray ’11, and Amy Frances Barnett ’15, as well as undocumented immigrants who have received assistance.

“I don’t know what I would have done without them,” said one client. “They are an essential resource for the community.”

Launched in 2015 by UC President Janet Napolitano, the center operates out of UC Davis School of Law, providing legal assistance to undocumented students and their families on all UC campuses except UC Berkeley, which assists students via a partnership with a community legal services center.

“The UC Davis law school was chosen to house the center because of deep expertise—it created the nation’s first immigration law clinic in 1980 and has the largest immigration law faculty in the nation. Another asset: law school Dean Kevin Johnson eagerly welcomed the project with space and resources,” the Times reports. The center handled more than 800 cases during the 2016-17 academic year, compared with 362 the previous year according to the Times.

“Since the election, it’s been nonstop,” said Blanco.