A Growing Lawyer ‘Army’ Is Banding Together to Protect Immigrants

Immigrants with attorneys are four times more likely to be released from detention.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Tania Karas
Nation, The
November 23, 2017

Tags: Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) (Washington State)


The cause is critical at a time when Trump has overseen a dramatic rise in arrests of undocumented immigrants. Unlike the Obama administration, where immigrants were usually targets for removal only if they had a criminal conviction or had recently crossed the border illegally, the Trump administration has abandoned these priorities and seems to be arresting undocumented individuals at random. And unlike criminal defendants, who are guaranteed lawyers at the taxpayers’ expense, undocumented immigrants facing deportation are not entitled to legal representation.