Research and Outreach

The Pains and Profits of Immigrant Imprisonment: Migrant Testimonies from ICE Detention Centers in the El Paso ICE Field Office

This report is the result of collaboration between members of Advocate Visitors with Immigrants in Detention (AVID) (Margaret Brown Vega and Nathan Craig), five student participants in the NSF-REU Site Program on Immigration Policy and Border Communities (Brennan Ramsey, Avigail Tumira Romo, Daniela Navarro Verdugo, Emily Durkin and Fernanda Reyes) and Dr. Neil Harvey (one of the co-PI's of this NSF-Program). It details the unsanitary and harsh conditions at local ICE facilities, based on an analysis of testimonies provided by 33 detained migrants. You can see the report by clicking on the heading above. For more information about the work of AVID, see

NSF REU Immigration Policy and Border Communities

Dr. Neil Harvey (Government, NMSU) and Dr. Jeremy Slack (Sociology & Anthropology, University of Texas-El Paso) are the co-Principal Investigators for a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Site Program on Immigration Policy and Border Communities. Each year ten student participants collaborate with local organizations to document and analyze various impacts of US immigration policy on migrants and residents of communities in the Paso del Norte borderland region of southern New Mexico, El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. For more information, click on the heading above or contact Dr. Neil Harvey at