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Detention Without Representation

Submitted by ub on Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:24

Who is really well represented in immigration court? The odds of obtaining representation for newly arrived immigrants appearing in federal court has varied over the years. However, their rights appear to be slipping in recent years.

Also, immigrants in detention centers are often hundreds of miles away from legal assistance. Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have lawyers, leaving them to stay in the #USA and fend for themselves.

Recently, US Justice Department officials are urging immigration judges to use telephone translators during removal hearings, but the quality of the connection during calls is usually poor undermining the due process protections of those facing deportation.

Observers say the problem is that immigrants now are coming from nations where uncommon languages are spoken https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/us/translators-border-wall-immigrati…

Meanwhile, a divided Supreme Court Tuesday expanded the authority of ICE agents to arrest and detain them indefinitely without a hearing for undocumented immigrants who were once held in criminal custody for certain crimes https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-says-g…

The ruling overturned a lower court decision and is considered a victory for the Trump administration. This is a defeat for immigration advocates, highlighting the court’s conservative transformation https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/us/politics/immigrants-deported-cust…

SCOTUS Ruling https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/18pdf/16-1363_a86c.pdf?utm_source…

The American Bar Association says US immigration courts are "on the brink of collapse" https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/20/politics/american-bar-association-immigr…

Migrant parents, children enter overtaxed system https://youtu.be/6Mk3s-2Bgjg