With the plight of Afghans affected by the U.S. military withdrawal dominating headlines for weeks, several student organizations at Texas A&M Law joined forces to support Afghan refugee resettlement efforts.
Texas A&M School of Law Professor Fatma Marouf spearheaded the drafting of a letter to Chief Immigration Judge Christopher Santoro on behalf of professors who teach immigration clinics. The letter urges the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to:
- Order the of release individuals held in detention and temporarily close the immigration courts;
- Prioritize bond hearings and grant subsequent bond redetermination hearings based on COVID-19 as a changed circumstance;
- Facilitate VTC and telephonic appearances by counsel and witnesses; and
- Temporarily stop the issuance of removal orders.