Three U of I Lawyers Team Up to Protect Immigrant’s Rights
November 24, 2020
University of Idaho College of Law Immigration Clinic Director Geoffrey Heeren and former director Kate Evans, now with Duke Law Immigration Rights Clinic, are working with alumnus Luis Cortes Romero, ’13, to represent Luis Juarez, an Idaho man who has been detained by ICE since February of this year. This is his second detention in two years. The legal team filed a civil suit last week requesting that Juarez either be released on bond or granted a hearing.
Juarez is a lawful resident with a green card who lives in Weiser, Idaho, with his family, but is being held in Tacoma, Washington, at the Northwest ICE Processing Center, without an opportunity for a hearing or to seek bond. Juarez has served time for some misdemeanor and felony drug convictions and was rehabilitating his life when the Immigration courts started debating whether he should stay and continue reforming his life, or be returned to Mexico, a country he left when he was six years old.
If you have access, Idaho Mountain Express reporter Gretel Kauffman, did a thorough story.