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SIU law students aid immigration detainees

Once a month, SIU law students apart of the Immigration Detention Project, have the chance to volunteer at the Tri-County Justice Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois. Once a month, SIU law students apart of the Immigration Detention Project, have the chance to volunteer at the Tri-County Justice Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois.
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Once a month, SIU law students have the opportunity to volunteer at the Tri-County Justice & Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois. 

These students are a part of the Immigration Detention Project, where they meet with immigration detainees.

The detainees are held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement; part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cindy Buys, the director of SIU's international law programs, says that prior to the visit, students receive basic training on the immigration detention issues.

“Know Your Rights” packets are given to the detainees and those that are interested, are then interviewed by law students, to see if their legal needs are met.

About 50 detainees talk with students each month.

Buys says if the president's plan goes through, it will benefit both future lawyers and those at the detention center.

“We do see many men at Tri County who have children and many of their children were born here and are U.S. citizens. So for those men, if they don't have any criminal record, they could potentially benefit from president Obama's policy.”

This is the ninth year of the Immigration Detention Project. It is supported in part, by a grant from the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation.

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