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The crisis in the immigration courts

"While there are many challenges facing the immigration courts, the main challenges are overwhelming caseloads, a lack of resources, a lack of lawyers representing foreign nationals, and a lack of independence for immigration judges." - American Judicature Society Editorial, Oct. 24,...

For Want of a Good Lawyer: Deportation Without Representation

"In deciding who may stay and who must leave this country, the deportation process for immigrants tolerates unfairness at every turn. Current laws have denied basic due process protections to people held in immigration detention. And now, a new report in the Cardozo Law Review reveals a...

Innovative Approaches to Immigrant Representation: Exploring New Partnerships

CARDOZO LAW REVIEW VOLUME 33 DECEMBER 2011 NUMBER 2 Copyright © 2011 by Yeshiva University All rights reserved CONTENTS Symposium Innovative Approaches to Immigrant Representation: Exploring New Partnerships Foreword Robert A. Katzmann 331 Revised Remarks...

Mentally ill immigrants deported without representation

"The government holds, on average, more than 30,000 immigrants with unresolved status in detention on any given day. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials do not know how many are mentally disabled, but class-action attorneys estimate as many as 1,000 immigration detainees have a ...

USCIS Policy Memo: Representation and Appearances and Interview Techniques

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding representation and appearances and interview techniques in certain application and petition proceedings before USCIS." - USCIS, May 23, 2012 .

N.Y. State Bar Report: Crisis in Immigrant Legal Representation

"The New York State Bar Association today issued a report that spotlights a crisis in the quality and availability of legal representation of immigrants in New York and makes recommendations for improvement, including written standards for immigration representation. The report of the Special Committee...

Immigration Court Representation a 'Moral Imperative'

"Legal representation in deportation proceedings is a moral imperative. While the federal government has abdicated its responsibility to provide this critical component of a fair and just process for immigrants in deportation proceedings, the individual, familial, and community devastation caused...

Vulnerable Immigrants in Deportation Proceedings Unable to Represent Themselves Must Get Counsel and a Hearing

NWIRP, Apr. 23, 2013 : "A federal district judge has ordered the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Attorney General, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review to provide legal representation to immigrant detainees with mental disabilities who are facing deportation and who are unable...

NYC to Provide Lawyers for All Detained Respondents in Removal Proceedings

"With $4.9 million dollars of funding from the New York City Council included in the FY 2015 budget for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), New York City will become the first jurisdiction in the nation to provide universal representation to any indigent immigrant detained and...

Groups Sue Feds Over Failure to Provide Lawyers for Kids in Immigration Court

"The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP today filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government's failure to provide them with...

Advance Copy of EOIR Proposed Rule: Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings

"This document proposes to amend the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regulations relating to the representation of aliens in custody and bond proceedings. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes to allow a representative before EOIR to enter an appearance in custody and bond proceedings...

EOIR Proposed Rule: Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings

"This document proposes to amend the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) regulations relating to the representation of aliens in custody and bond proceedings. Specifically, this rulemaking proposes to allow a representative before EOIR to enter an appearance in custody and bond proceedings...

California to Provide $3M in Legal Services for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

"A bill signed on Saturday by California Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to qualifying nonprofits to offer free legal assistance for child migrants . Nonprofit legal service providers handling the cases of recently-arrived child migrants from Central America say the demand for pro-bono...

In Two out of Three Pending Cases, Unaccompanied Children Have No Representation in Immigration Court: TRAC

"Unaccompanied children are represented by an attorney in only about one-third (32%) of 63,721 cases pending in Immigration Court as of October 31, 2014, according to the latest data obtained and analyzed by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). For cases decided...

Representation is Key in Immigration Proceedings Involving Women with Children: TRAC

"New data tracking the processing of "women with children" cases by the Immigration Court's new priority docketing system provide details on how these cases are proceeding. As of the end of January 2015, a total of 26,342 removal proceedings involving women with children had been flagged...