UHLC Immigration Clinic experts field questions from UH-Downtown students

Josephine Sorgwe, a clinical supervising attorney at the UH Law Center Immigration Clinic, left, Geoffrey A. Hoffman, clinic director, and UHLC Professor Michael A. Olivas, who is serving as interim president of UH-Downtown, answered questions from UHD students about future immigration policy.

Josephine Sorgwe, a clinical supervising attorney at the UH Law Center Immigration Clinic, left, Geoffrey A. Hoffman, clinic director, and UHLC Professor Michael A. Olivas, who is serving as interim president of UH-Downtown, answered questions from UHD students about future immigration policy.

Dec. 12, 2016 — Representatives of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic answered questions from students and administrators about what the future might hold for immigrants  post-election, during a presentation last week at UH-Downtown.

Geoffrey A. Hoffman, director of the clinic, and Josephine Sorgwe, a clinical supervising attorney, fielded questions on Dec. 8 while UHLC Professor Michael A. Olivas, who is serving as interim president of UHD, served as moderator.

President-elect Donald Trump initially campaigned on a pledge to deport all undocumented immigrants, but has seemingly softened his position since winning the presidency.

The president-elect recently said he is "going to work something out" with respect to DREAMers, undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children and allowed to stay and work under a program instituted in 2012 by President Obama. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) does not provide a special "status" or a pathway to citizenship, but gives successful applicants, many of whom are students or young workers, an assurance that they will not be prioritized for deportation.

"We were happy to answer questions given the uncertainty at the present time," said Hoffman. "Immigrants should seek a consultation to discuss their possible relief with qualified immigration counsel.  The danger of fraud increases when people are unsure of the future."

The Q&A session was hosted by the UHD Center for Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

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