The James H. Binger Center for New Americans develops resources to support pro bono attorneys and immigration advocates as they navigate the complex layers of immigration law. These materials are developed with the support of community partners and Center staff and students.

General Overview

Immigration Syllabus

Resources for Non-Citizens

If you were deported because you were not in court, you may use the following template for  a motion to reopen / rescind the removal order:

A Guide to Assisting Asylum-Seekers with In Absentia Removal Orders - Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

2019 Large-Scale Enforcement Actions and Raids resources from American Immigration Lawyers Association

PDF iconCommunity Legal Clinic Network - VLN (Volunteer Lawyers Network)

PDF iconRed de “Clínicas Legales” Comunitarias - VLN (La Red de Abogados Voluntarios)

Removal Defense and Immigration Court

PDF iconCommunicating with Detained Clients During COVID-19

PDF iconFort Snelling Immigration Building Practice Advisory

PDF iconThe Mellouli Practice Advisory 

PDF iconCriminal Dispositions and Immigration Consequences: Convictions for Immigration Purposes

FileEvolution of Minnesota Controlled Substance Schedules, 1970-2015

FileFederal Controlled Substances, 1970-2015, prepared by Harvard’s Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program

Immigration Bond Training (Event Video)

FileProlonged Detention

PDF iconSample Attorney Declaration

PDF iconImmigration Court Observation Project Report February 2019

PDF iconImmigration Court Observation Project Report August 2019

Federal Court Litigation

PDF iconEighth Circuit Immigration Practice Manual

PDF iconEighth Circuit Immigration Law Outline (Asylum Excerpts)

PDF iconMatter of M-E-V-G- and the BIA’s Confounding Legal Standard for ‘Membership in a Particular Social Group’ (Immigration Briefings, June 2014)

PDF iconGang Member Asylum Cases

PDF iconDomestic Violence Based Asylum Claims

PDF iconAsylum Bars

FileProlonged Detention Habeas Petition

PDF iconSample Proposed Petition & Brief in Support of Supplemental Habeas Petition

Immigration Policy and Advocacy

Sanctuary and the Rights of Immigrants on Campus (Event Video)

Immigration Federalism and “Sanctuary” in Minnesota

The Immigration Hotel

A Quick Look at Immigration Status: The Immigration Hotel (Video)

Immigration Post-Election Q&A: DACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses,” and Institutional or Community Assistance

Interior Enforcement

Border Security and Enforcement

Visa Issuance/Screening and Refugees

Southeast Asian American Solidarity Toolkit

Annual Forum Materials

The Current Crisis in Context: Understanding Immigration History to Support Present Day Advocacy video

The Border Comes Home: Escalating Immigration Enforcement in the Interior of the U.S. and Minnesota video

Litigator’s Toolbox: Using Habeas Petitions in Federal Court to Release Detainees video

PDF iconUsing Habeas Petitions

The Attack on Asylum at the Border and in the Law video

PDF iconAttack on Asylum - Alison Griffith

PDF iconAttack on Asylum - Daisy Ocampo

PDF iconAttack on Asylum - Jodi Goodwin

PDF iconAttack on Asylum - Zachary Albun

Keynote: Karen Musalo video

PDF iconRefugee Protection in the Time of Trump: Resistance not Despair - Karen Musalo


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