Wednesday, May 8, 2019
The Executive Office for Immigration Review recently released a document called "Myths vs Facts About Immigration Proceedings." This document is a teaching goldmine for a podium immigration course, clinic, or specialized immigration class.
For example, the document says that one myth is that "Most aliens who claim a credible fear of persecution are asylum seekers." It refutes that myth with the following fact: "On average, at least half of aliens who make a credible fear claim and are subsequently placed in removal proceedings do not actually apply for asylum."
This pairing could be a jumping off point for discussion about why people don't seek asylum. Just two reasons might include the fact that the migrants are in detention and perhaps accept voluntary departure to get out, or they cannot get counsel to help them pursue an asylum claim due to the combined issues of being detained in a remote locale far from counsel and faced with complex law they don't understand.
Another idea would be to give each student one of the document's 18 myth/fact pairings and to ask them to independently research the topics raised. This could be an in class project, homework assignment, or writing prompt.
In short, this document is a super helpful teaching tool. I encourage you to download it before it disappears from the interwebs.