Attorneys say Americans have misunderstood the border crisis
Galya Ruffer is founding director of Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies housed at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. She spent a week in Artesia, New Mexico, along with two Chicago attorneys. They all volunteered in a pro bono project at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Their goal was to provide legal services to the 600 women and children detainees there who hail from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Ruffer, along with Sioban Albiol, director of the Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic at DePaul University’s College of Law and Evanston attorney Mary O’Leary explain why they think Americans are misinformed about refugees coming in from Central America.
(photo: In this June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File))