Tag: Access to Counsel

Settlement Reached With Government Over Access to Mental Health Evaluations in Family Detention Centers

Written by on August 21, 2017 in Asylum, Detention, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
Settlement Reached With Government Over Access to Mental Health Evaluations in Family Detention Centers

Nothing is a better predictor of an immigrant’s success in their immigration case, than whether or not they have access to competent legal assistance. However, the U.S. Government has at times made the hurdles to enlisting legal help insurmountable. One such example came in March 2017, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) banned a legal […]

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Government Regularly Denies Access to Counsel, Groups Seek New Rules

Government Regularly Denies Access to Counsel, Groups Seek New Rules

When the White House issued its first Muslim travel ban, reports of noncitizens and citizens being held in airports’ secondary detention swirled. Individuals were being held for hours at a time without access to attorneys, even though scores of lawyers were attempting to reach them. Denial of access to counsel in secondary detention is not […]

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How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

How California Is Helping Protect Immigrants From Trump’s Aggressive Immigration Enforcement

California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state’s governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented […]

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Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

Expedited Removal Hurts the Most Vulnerable In an Already Complicated Immigration System

The government often relies on “fast track” deportation methods to bypass due process protections in an effort to more rapidly process asylum seekers who come to the United States seeking humanitarian protection. One such deportation method, expedited removal, disadvantages the most vulnerable non-citizens currently in the United States: women and their children held in detention […]

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Government Detains LGBT Immigrants at Higher Rates

Written by on October 28, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
Government Detains LGBT Immigrants at Higher Rates

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are more likely to be held in detention by ICE even when their detention is not required. These were the findings released earlier this week from the Center for American Progress (CAP) after analysis of self-identified LGBT individuals […]

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Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

Written by on September 28, 2016 in Immigration Courts, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
Immigrants’ Access to Legal Representation Is Unequal and the Consequences Are Serious

Nationally, only 37 percent of all immigrants had legal representation, and only 14 percent of immigrants in detention had a lawyer. In a paper issued today, Access to Counsel in Immigration Court, Ingrid Eagly and Steven Shafer analyzed 1.2 million individual removal cases in immigration court between fiscal years 2007 and 2012. The report finds that […]

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Municipalities Help Advance Access to Counsel for Immigrants

Municipalities Help Advance Access to Counsel for Immigrants

Historically, “immigrants facing deportation are not provided an attorney if they cannot afford one.” But across the country, municipalities are taking steps to improve access to counsel for those who otherwise would be forced to proceed in immigration court alone. Cities are establishing programs to provide free legal assistance for immigrant detainees. In June, New […]

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New York City Pilots Free Legal Representation in Immigration Court

Written by on November 13, 2013 in Immigration Courts, Right to Counsel with 6 Comments
New York City Pilots Free Legal Representation in Immigration Court

In criminal courts throughout the United States, the government provides defendants who cannot afford an attorney with a free public defender. In immigration courts, which are not part of the criminal court system, immigrants who are unable to hire a private attorney and cannot find a free legal service provider are forced to face off […]

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Why Immigrants Should Have Access to Legal Counsel

Why Immigrants Should Have Access to Legal Counsel

U. S. immigration laws are incredibly complex, yet they provide only minimal due process protections for even the most vulnerable noncitizens. In criminal courts, defendants who cannot afford an attorney are provided one for free, but in immigration court, noncitizens do not receive the same protections. As a result, many immigrants facing deportation are forced […]

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