Coalition Urges Legal Representation for Detained Immigrants in California

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June 8, 2016         

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As DHS Threatens New Raids, Coalition Urges Universal
Legal Representation for Detained Immigrants in California

Report highlights dramatic impact of lawyers for detained immigrants and calls for expansion of NYC’s groundbreaking model of universal representation 
LOS ANGELES, CA – Immigrants detained in California who have an attorney succeed in their cases more than five times as often as those who don’t, according to a new study released today. The study also found that nearly 70 percent of those who are detained go unrepresented in their deportation cases, often because they cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Unlike criminal defendants, immigrants are not entitled to court appointed attorneys even though a deportation order can often result in life or death consequences for those forced to return to countries beset by drug cartels and gang violence.