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SMU law students to spend Spring Break 2017 representing detained immigrant women, children in Karnes, Texas

Karnes City Family Detention Center

Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center (Photo by Eric Gay of The Associated Press courtesy of National Public Radio)

About an hour outside of San Antonio, hundreds of undocumented immigrant and refugee women and children who fled violence in their home countries are detained at the Karnes City Family Detention Center, faced with the threat of deportation from an administration that wants them gone.

Starting Sunday, March 12, 2017, a team of eight SMU Dedman School of Law students (led by professor and immigration law expert Natalie Nanasi) will spend their spring break providing pro bono legal services to these undocumented immigrants, hoping to win them asylum in the United States.

The Karnes City center, operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been open since 2014, housing women and children who have crossed the border into the South Texas.

“A majority of the Karnes City detainees are coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and fleeing gang violence, family violence or some combination thereof,” Nanasi said. “Their trip is supremely dangerous. Many don’t make it, and that’s something important to remember; these people flee because they know that if their daughters stay there, it’s certain they’ll be raped, and if their sons stay there, it’s certain they’ll be kidnapped by gangs.”

— Kenny Ryan

> Read the full story from SMU News

2017-03-10T13:42:15+00:00 March 10, 2017|Faculty in the News, News|

Some SMU outlets open for business during Spring Break 2015

Stock photo of an Open sign in a shop windowSpring Break 2015 is here, and many campus food stops will take a brief vacation, too. But some will remain open for limited hours to serve those who are still on campus.

SMU Dining Services reports Spring Break hours for the following food and retail outlets:

  • eS MUcho, The Market, Hughes-Trigg Student Center – open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 9-13
  • The Market, Hughes-Trigg Student Center – open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 9-13
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels, ground floor, Fincher Building – open 9:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, March 9-12

Find all March 2015 dining hours at smudining.com

2015-03-10T11:48:00+00:00 March 9, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News|

Open for lunch: SMU outlet hours during Spring Break 2012

Stock photo of an Open sign in a shop windowSpring Break 2012 is here, and many campus food stops will take a brief vacation, too. SMU Dining Services has a complete summary of hours, dates and locations for the outlets that will be open for limited hours during the March hiatus. Download a March 2012 schedule in Excel format from Dining Services.

Visit SMU Dining Services at smudining.com

2012-03-12T14:23:53+00:00 March 12, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Texas DPS issues 2012 spring break travel warning for Mexico

Stock photo of travel warning signThe Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) is urging all Texas spring breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico.

The U.S. State Department website lists several travel alerts related to violence in Mexico. Travelers should always check that website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico.

SMU News has posted the official notice from TxDPS, which was e-mailed to all SMU faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, March 6. Read the full alert.

2012-03-06T14:28:38+00:00 March 6, 2012|News|

Texas DPS warns spring break travelers to avoid Mexico

Stock photo of road warning signThe Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) is urging all Texas spring breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico.

The U.S. State Department website lists several travel alerts related to violence in Mexico. Travelers should always check that website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico.

The official notice from TxDPS:

March 1, 2011

DPS discourages Spring Break travel to Mexico
Reminds boaters of dangers on Falcon Lake

The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico because of continued violence – and reminding boaters to stay on the U.S. side of Falcon Lake.

Falcon Lake has been the scene of several robberies and a U.S. citizen’s murder, and DPS is again warning boaters to steer clear of the Mexican side of the lake. Cartel activity remains high in that area.

“While drug cartel violence is most severe in northern Mexico, it is prominent in other parts of the country as well,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “Various crime problems also exist in many popular resort areas, such as Acapulco and Cancun, and crimes against U.S citizens often go unpunished.”

So far this year, an ICE agent was killed and another injured in a suspected ambush near San Luis Potosi February 15. Two El Paso teens were gunned down February 5 in Ciudad Juarez. In January, a Texas missionary was shot in the head when she and her husband ran an illegal road block in Nuevo León.

In addition to U.S citizens killed so far this year, preliminary figures show as many as 65 Americans were killed in Mexico in 2010. Kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery and carjacking also are threats in parts of Mexico. Suspects have not been prosecuted in many of the cases. Meanwhile, more than 30,000 Mexican citizens have died in drug-related violence since 2006, and the violence shows no signs of abating.

“Drug violence has not discriminated – innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties. Underestimating the violence in Mexico would be a mistake for parents and students,” said McCraw. “Our safety message is simple: avoid traveling to Mexico during Spring Break and stay alive.”

DPS acknowledges that many travel to Mexico without incident, but the risks cannot be ignored. Travelers are encouraged to carefully research any planned trips.

Travelers should always check the U.S. State Department website for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico. (See http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html or http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_MexicoSecurityUpdate.html.)

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Mexico are urged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through their website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.

> Read more, including safe spring break tips, from SMU News

2011-03-01T17:29:56+00:00 March 1, 2011|News|
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