Announcing the Winners of the LLS Immigration Article Contest!
“Achievement of the US goal of caring for refugee minors and preparing them for productive lives in the US cannot be realized without giving more aggressive attention to this vulnerable immigrant population.”
That’s according to Sharon Brenner, the grand prize winner in Legal Language Services’ first ever immigration article contest.
Our judges sifted through impressive articles that focused on everything from family separation to employment verification laws, and it was difficult to choose a winning article.
Legal Language awarded $500 to the grand prize winner as well as $100 awards to the 2nd and 3rd place winners. These three winning articles will be published on our website over the next few weeks.
- Grand prize: Brenner, a student at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Her article, “Challenges Facing Unaccompanied Refugee Minors’ Access to Legal Aid,” brings up the challenges refugee children face in accessing necessary legal services in the United States and discusses the effect a comprehensive approach to legal aid can have on this portion of the US immigrant population.
- Second place: Prerna Lal, a student at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Her article, “USCIS Reinterpretation of CSPA: A Deference to Screwed Priorities,” discusses the flaws in US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act and how it prolongs the separation of US immigrant families.
- Third place: Robert Meltzer, a student at Boston College Law School. His article, “Where We Fail,” addresses the marriage by proxy clauses of the Immigration and Nationality Act and how they affect US military spouses — and why an amendment to the act is necessary.
The contest, open to law students attending accredited schools in the United States, asked the entrants to focus on immigration issues in the US or abroad. The submitted entries brought to light the numerous outdated policies that affect thousands of US immigrants every year — and even offered solutions for some of the US immigration system’s flaws.
While the winning articles are a stark reminder of the changes that need to be addressed in the US immigration system, they’re also inspiring, showing that some of the country’s best young legal minds are fully ready to tackle comprehensive immigration reform.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest, and be sure to visit this blog on Monday, when Brenner’s winning article will be published.
Legal Language will be announcing another contest soon, so keep checking the site to read about your chance to enter and win!