Immigration Story of Jesus Chavez

September 23, 2013

chavezFormer lightweight boxing champion, Jesus "El Matador" Chavez, and his former counsel, Barbara Hines, spoke to more than 75 students, faculty and staff on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in the law school's conference center.

Chavez shared the story about his high profile immigration case which was documented in the award-winning film, "Split Decision." Chavez grew up in Mexico and crossed the U.S. border with his family as a child. He later went on to win three Gold Glove championships. As a teen, he was convicted of robbery and served three years in prison. After serving his time, he was deported to Mexico. Eventually, he re-entered the U.S. illegally and resumed his boxing career, but was deported for a second time. After a long battle with the U.S. government, Chavez gained his permanent residency. Chavez highlighted how his hard work and determination led to his multiple championships. He now trains young boxers and provides free training to youth from lower socio-economic neighborhoods in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

After their presentation, Chavez and Hines took questions from the audience. Texas A&M Law Professor Sahar Aziz served as moderator for the discussion.