Wednesday, May 8, 2019

"Myths vs. Facts" Document from EOIR: A Teaching Goldmine


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.


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Sorry, Kit, but I don’t see this as an academic exercise. It’s a war to delegitimize asylum seekers and their representatives and to sharply curtail and eventually eliminate the right to apply for asylum. Right now, EOIR and their bogus and misleading “facts” appear to be winning the war. If we don’t get out there with a more aggressive response, courses on asylum law will become purely historical perspective, because there will be no more US asylum system.
Due Process Forever — Today's Corrupt EOIR, Never!

Posted by: Paul Wickham Schmidt | May 9, 2019 5:12:18 AM

I believe this would be an excellent academic exercise for those interested in immigration/asylum law & policy. Law students are often still idealistic about how asylum works and who it benefits - a little exposure to the realities contradict that idealism may be a great moment for intellectual development and personal reflection. It could be possible to develop better immigration lawyers and critical thinkers if you have students argue in support of the fact/myth they disagree with personally.

Posted by: Ryan Morgan Knight | May 22, 2019 6:22:22 AM

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