Press Room

Immigrants Rally for Drivers Licenses

"The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center also says on its website that 'only the state Legislature can change the law.'"

(Detroit Free Press - May 1, 2019)

Collaboration With U-M Students to Support MIRC Asylum Cases

"Working in partnership with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), a local nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services to immigrants, students began to research and compile data MIRC’s lawyers could use to file asylum cases."

(LSA-UMICH - May 1, 2019)

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against GRPD

"That’s essentially the justification that the Grand Rapids Police Department has used, saying we will look at things like limited English proficiency and these other factors that we think are completely inappropriate to use as a proxy for national origin and possible immigration violations. Those are things that are completely inappropriate to rely on. You can’t tell someone’s immigration status by looking at them or their level of English proficiency.” - Hillary Scholten (Michigan Radio) (Revue(WZZM13) (FOX17) (GrandHaven Tribune) (StarTribune) (Holland Sentinel)

(MLive - April 30, 2019)

Community Backlash Following Reinstatement of GRPD Police Captain

“VanderKooi’s actions as documented in these emails undermines the entire point of the U visa program. His reinstatement in light of all of this evidence endorses this abuse of power and therefore strikes a huge blow to community trust, making good policing harder and our communities less safe.” - Hillary Scholten (MLive)

(Detroit Free Press - April 30, 2019)

Farmington Hills Lecture Series

"Along with healthcare, immigration policy will likely be the most discussed and disputed topic in the 2020 presidential campaign.” - Ruby Robinson

(The Oakland Press - April 22, 2019)

UofM students share personal stories of refugee crisis

"Being able to keep some type of record is critical in many areas of law… as there is a very high burden of proof for clients seeking different types of relief in the United States" -  Ruby Robinson

(The Michigan Daily - April 18, 2019)

Government Inaction Leading to Deportation

"Every avenue to seek legal status that’s been available to him, he has sought." -Ana Raquel Devereaux

(Michigan Radio - April 1, 2019)

Need for GRPD Oversight

"The police cannot police themselves, so we’re glad that the Department of Civil Rights is paying attention to this issue, and will hopefully be able to provide some much needed oversight," -Hillary Scholten

(Michigan Radio - March 28, 2019)

Reinterpreting Farmworker Minimum Wage Protections

“We think Attorney General Schuette was wrong. We think LARA [Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs] was wrong, and we think it’s urgent that the issue be revisited because we’re talking about some of the state and country and the world’s most vulnerable workers — left with no protection by the state’s prior interpretation.” - Susan Reed (Fresh Plaza)

(Michigan Advance - March 27, 2019)

Deportation Expected Despite Commuted Sentence

"Someone always willing to step up and give of themselves and make their community a better place, even in less than ideal circumstances. And that’s really what Rafael embodies" - Hillary Scholten 

(Michigan Radio - March 12, 2019)