"On May 31, 2012, in an effort to improve access to counsel before
CBP, ICE and USCIS, the LAC and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’
Rights released the report, Behind Closed Doors: An Overview of DHS Restrictions on Access to Counsel.
The report describes restrictions on access to legal representation
before DHS, provides a legal landscape, and offers recommendations
designed to combat DHS’s harmful practices. It also addresses recent
changes to USCIS guidance that are intended to expand access to legal
representation. The report includes anecdotes from immigration attorneys across the
country indicating that CBP, ICE and USCIS often interfere with
noncitizens’ access to counsel in benefits interviews, interrogations,
and other types of administrative proceedings outside of immigration
court. Depending on the context, immigration officers completely bar
attorney participation, impose unwarranted restrictions on access to
legal counsel, or strongly discourage noncitizens from seeking legal
representation at their own expense." IAC Legal Action Center, May 31, 2012.
"On behalf of their client, the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), students from the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights contributed to the production of a report on immigrant access to legal counsel released today. Behind Closed Doors: An overview of DHS Restrictions on Access to Counsel concludes
that the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration agencies — U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — often
interfere with noncitizens’ access to counsel in benefits interviews,
interrogations, and other types of administrative proceedings outside of