Why we should provide lawyers for immigrants facing deportation

The most effective way to defend immigrants from deportation? Arm them with lawyers.

Op-Ed (California)

Jeff Adachi, Niloufar Khonsari, Ana Herrera, Laura Sanchez
San Francisco Examiner
November 29, 2016

Tags: Deportation

Organizations mentioned/involved: CARECEN (CA), Pangea Legal Services (CA)


Today, supervisors will consider a plan to give city residents legal representation in deportation proceedings. The benefit is clear: An immigrant with a lawyer is seven times more likely than one without an attorney to win the right to stay in the U.S., according to a study published in 2016 by the California Coalition for Universal Representation.

The current threat to immigrants is extraordinary. Trump has vowed to deport millions, build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and ban immigrants from countries with histories of terrorism. This plan will likely include expanding raids by federal immigration authorities.