Majority of Respondents in Immigration Court Now Have Lawyers

Majority of Respondents in Immigration Court Now Have Lawyers

"The majority of immigration court cases in 2013 involved immigrants who had legal representation, a reversal from five years ago, according to new data from the federal government.  In 2013, 59 percent of those in immigration proceedings had legal representation—that's a big jump from 2009, when just 39 percent had lawyers.  In 2012, a very slim majority of cases had clients with no legal representation.  Those figures come from the 2013 statistical yearbook from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR, which is under the Justice Department.  Nearly all new cases that came to immigration courts last year were deportation cases. ...  At the same time, a large share of undocumented immigrants removed from the U.S. actually don't go before a judge, according to Homeland Security data.  So just because immigrants may have more legal representation in court doesn't mean that most of those who get deported have had lawyers." - Elahe Izadi, Apr. 21, 2014.