The OJRC will provide resources and support advocacy within the intersection of immigration law and criminal law. Crimmigration law not only examines the immigration consequences of crimes per Padilla v. Kentucky but also how migration itself is criminalized and the subsequent implications. The criminalization of migration has created a mass deportation system that threatens the fundamental principle of due process, as well as the integrity of our families and communities. The OJRC will serve immigrants and their advocates, including public defenders and future social justice lawyers. The OJRC may be involved in creating practice advisories about the immigration consequences of Oregon criminal charges; provide support to public defenders; write amicus appellate briefs; and handle strategic public records requests on immigration detention and deportation.
We are currently in the process of ramping up our work and expect to have it fully developed by January 2018.