RAICES (Texas)

Located five minutes from the San Antonio Immigration Court. Provides counsel and representation in a full range of defenses against deportation.
Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Texas
Organization type(s): Provider
Tags: Immigration Process

Located five minutes from the San Antonio Immigration Court, RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) provide counsel and representation in a full range of defenses against deportation before the Immigration Court, as well as representation before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in family-based immigration cases, visas and other affirmative applications. RAICES has a dedicated team of attorneys, accredited representatives, and legal assistants, in addition to volunteers, student interns and partnering pro bono attorneys.



Where Are the Children?

Sarah Stillman
New Yorker
April 20, 2015
This feature piece shines a light on role of civil legal aid and immigration advocates for kids and families in detention.

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Lawyers: Immigrant families released quicker from Texas holding centers since ICE policy shift

Associated Press (AP)
July 14, 2015
Mothers with children are being released from Texas immigrant detention centers more quickly in the weeks since the nation's top immigration official announced policy changes.

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U.S. Immigration Agency Again Drops ‘Family Friendly’ Detention Centers

John Burnett
National Public Radio (NPR)
July 16, 2015
After facing a lot of criticism, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is changing the way it handles mothers and children who come to the U.S. illegally.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘Baby Jails’

Michelle Chen
Nation, The
October 23, 2015
In the wake of last summer’s migrant crisis, DHS is still keeping families in detention centers. What could go wrong?

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U.S. Raids Target Undocumented Immigrants

National Public Radio (NPR)
January 5, 2016
Federal immigration officials are targeting some Central American families for deportation. David Greene talks to Jonathan Ryan of RAICES, a Texas group that provides legal services to immigrants.

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How the System Is Failing Central American Families Facing Deportation

Max Rivlin-Nadler
January 15, 2016
Many of the families picked up still had legal recourse—specifically asylum—to avoid deportation.

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All eyes on Texas immigration facilities in struggle to house Central Americans

Tom Dart
February 11, 2016
After Pennsylvania declined to renew the license for a ‘family residential center’ last month, the future of family detention may now depend on Texas.

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What’s the Difference Between and a Refugee and a Deportee? A Lawyer.

Julianne Hing
Nation, The
February 13, 2016
Migrants in immigration proceedings, including children, have no guarantee of legal counsel and are often forced to make their case in front of immigration judges alone.

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Fear of Deportation Is Driving Migrant Kids to Stay Home from School

Meredith Hoffman
February 25, 2016
As ICE boasts about its strict enforcement tactics, it declines to acknowledge the jarring impact these raids have on US soil: Many students have simply stopped going to school.

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Controversial Texas family detention center to change back to all-male facility

Renée Feltz
March 18, 2016
Plans for the Karnes and Dilley facilities signal the Obama administration will reduce detention of immigrant women and children before president’s term ends.

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Detaining Immigrant Kids Hasn’t Worked. U.S. Wants to Try Something New

Amanda Sakuma
NBC News
April 1, 2016
Should the federal government be in the business of detaining immigrant families, especially if they're seeking asylum in the U.S.?

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How Volunteers Helped Families Trapped In Immigrant Detention Centers

Elise Foley
Huffington Post
April 11, 2016
They didn’t want vulnerable women and kids to go through a difficult process alone.

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Texas Grants Child Care License to Migrant Detention Center

Julia Preston
New York Times (NYT)
May 2, 2016
The authorities in Texas have granted a child care license to a federal immigration detention center where thousands of mothers with their children have been confined, often for weeks and sometimes months.

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DACA Recipients Face Uncertainty Under Trump

Aaron Schrank
Texas Public Radio
November 14, 2016
Recipients of ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ now face an uncertain future.

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Private Prison Companies Ready to Cash In on Throwing Out Immigrants

Justin Glawe
Daily Beast
November 18, 2016
It doesn’t matter that children caught pneumonia in one detention center, the business that runs it sees boom times with Donald Trump’s plan to lock up millions.

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Are Obama’s Immigration Prisons for Families Legitimate ‘Childcare Facilities’? Judge Says No

Sarah Lazare
December 11, 2016
Following ruling, nearly 500 mothers and children were released from notorious immigrant prisons in Texas.

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Immigrants in Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds of Miles From Legal Help

Patrick Lee
May 16, 2017
Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves.

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Mother Locked In Family Detention Attempts Suicide To Free Her Kids

Roque Planas
Huffington Post
May 26, 2017
A federal ruling says they should’ve been freed months ago.

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Nicole Rodriguez
November 14, 2017
A 20-year-old undocumented immigrant with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and only one leg has been detained by federal immigration agents and held without charges for over a month, treated inhumanely and mocked for his prosthetic leg.

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Trump Has Quietly Cut Legal Aid for Migrant Kids Separated from Parents

Meredith Hoffman
May 31, 2018
A program that provides help to unaccompanied minors was slashed just as the government has instituted policies that split kids from parents.


The Kids Are Traumatized: For Migrant Children At the Border, Detention is Just the Beginning

Kia Makarechi
Vanity Fair
June 21, 2018
Legal offices filled with crayons and toys, P.T.S.D., difficulty enrolling in school—this is what awaits children after their detention hell. “They’re making unaccompanied children,” one lawyer says.

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Millions Raised For Immigrants Will Be Used To Provide Legal Support

Mary Louise Kelly
National Public Radio (NPR)
June 21, 2018
Mary Louise Kelly talks with Jenny Hixon, outreach director for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, about the millions of dollars raised to help immigrants at detention centers and how the organization is using the funds.

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Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn’t Get The Care They Needed

Ema O’Connor, Nidhi Prakash
July 9, 2018
Pregnant women in immigration detention under the Trump administration say they have been denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and abused.

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Immigrant Dads Say ICE Separated Them From Their Kids Again With No Explanation

Elise Foley
Huffington Post
August 17, 2018
The overnight separation may have been retaliation for a planned hunger strike, a legal aid lawyer said.


Inside The Fight To Get Justice For Detained Migrants In Trump’s America

Nicole Pajer
Huffington Post
November 10, 2018
“It can be very difficult to see the pain in people’s faces and the panic,” a director of the legal aid group RAICES said.

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More than 5,000 immigration court dates canceled in Texas due to government shutdown

Obed Manuel
Dallas Morning News
January 16, 2019
The longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history has resulted in more than 5,000 canceled immigration court dates in Texas.

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ICE is denying migrants rightful access to lawyers, legal group says

John Moritz
USA Today
May 9, 2019
Lawyers with the nonprofit Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, said policy changes at the Karnes County, Texas, center run counter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement standards and improperly deny migrants legal services.

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The Trump Administration Isn’t Providing Legal Aid To Migrant Children In Temporary Shelter

Angelina Chapin
Huffington Post
July 19, 2019
The Trump administration is not providing legal services to migrant children in a newly opened temporary facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, in what advocates say is a violation of law.

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Migrant Woman Attempted Suicide Minutes After Realizing She Can’t Afford Her Own Release

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
March 12, 2015
Officials are set to release a 27-year-old Honduran mother who attempted suicide minutes after officials gave her the choice between paying a $5,000 bond or remaining in an detention center.

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Grab the Rent Receipts, Duck the Scams: Activists Rush to Help People Qualify for Obama Immigration Plan

Esme E. Deprez
November 22, 2014
How groups are advising undocumented people how to take advantage of Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform.

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Experts See Legal Hazards in States’ Immigration Suit

Julia Preston
New York Times (NYT)
December 5, 2014
Lawyers for RAICES (Texas) representing unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this summer said the children were not attracted by the president’s programs.

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Immigration Courts Bracing for Influx of Youth Migrants

Rick Jervis
USA Today
July 20, 2014
As of the end of June 2014, the 59 immigration courts across the USA, run by 243 judges, had a record backlog of 375,503 pending cases. Wait times for hearings are averaging about a year-and-a-half.

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Rush to Deport Young Migrants Could Trample Asylum Claims

Julia Preston
New York Times (NYT)
July 19, 2014
Overview of situation, including stories of children and quotes from Jonathan Ryan of Texas RAICES, which screens unaccompanied minors in an emergency shelter at Lackland Air Force Base.

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Border Crisis

July 11, 2014
Report featuring various persons, culminating with interview with Jonathan Ryan, executive director of Texas Raices, the first non-profit working inside the emergency immigrant detention facilities housing unaccompanied minors.


Refuge-seeking kids face deportation hearings alone

Martha Bergmark
September 4, 2014
Voices' ED Bergmark spotlights the work of civil legal aid attorneys, and calls for more resources so thousands of unaccompanied migrant children do not face complicated, high-stakes legal proceedings alone.

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