Nicole Hallett Advises Migrants on Asylum Application Process

Nicole Hallett (’10), Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, answered a Q&A with NPR’s WBEZ Chicago discussing steps migrants must take to apply for asylum and work authorization, and explaining why deterrence is a “failed solution” (“Immigrants Bused to Chicago From Texas Need Emergency Housing, Healthcare,” Sep. 19). “There have been people coming forever—basically since the country was founded—and they’ll continue to come. And that’s particularly the case where there are places that are unsafe and violent and people are willing to do anything to protect their children, which is something I think we can all understand. . . . So we need to come up with another solution that doesn’t rely on convincing people that are afraid for their lives that they shouldn’t try to make the journey.”