Ever since she moved to Dallas, law professor Natalie Nanasi wanted to take students and volunteer to help immigrant mothers and children gain release from detention in South Texas. Nanasi said she took the idea off the back burner after President Donald Trump’s election.

“What changed everything for me was the election and hearing the animosity and just vitriol towards immigrants,” said Nanasi, a professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. “Literally the day after the election, I just decided: Now is the time to do something, to actually use my privilege to not only go down there myself, but take students so they can experience and come back and share the stories.”

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