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News Posted on June 18, 2018

Professor Cooper and Dean Johnson comment on family separations at border

As reports about migrant family separations at the United States-Mexico border have dominated the news cycle, media outlets have turned to Immigration Law Clinic Co-Director Holly S. Cooper and Dean Kevin R. Johnson for insights.

Cooper spoke to Bloomberg for the story “Republicans’ Unease Grows Over Trump Policy Separating Families at Border,” and to Vox for its report about therapists sharing the children’s private information: “Kids Who Cross the Border Meet with Therapists and Social Workers. What They Say Can Be Used Against Them.”

Cooper also weighed in on adult migrants being housed at a federal prison, for the Mother Jones story “Understaffed Federal Prison Is Taking in 1,000 Noncriminal Immigrants, and Even the Guards Are Protesting”.

Johnson appeared on the radio show "Scholars' Circle" to discuss reports of indefinite detentions and separating children from their families. He explored the political and legal ramifications of this policy and what happens next for America. The host posed the question: is America facing a human rights crisis with its immigration policy? David Kyle, UC Davis Professor of Sociology, joined the show as well.

Johnson has co-authored Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws, and authored Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border. His list of publication can be found here.

Kyle's publications include, Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives, and Transnational Peasants: Migrations, Networks and Ethnicity in Andean Ecuador and Smart Humanitarianism: Re-imagining Human Rights in the Age of Enterprise. You can find his publications here.

Professor Holly S. Cooper '98, co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic, has extensive litigation experience defending the rights of immigrants and is a nationally recognized expert on immigration detention issues and on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.