DOJ tinkers with immigration courts to speed deportations

There are limited avenues for appeal and no constitutional right to a lawyer for anyone caught up in it.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Caitlin Dickson
Yahoo! News
April 13, 2018

Tags: Courts, Deportation, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)


The sequence of events that lead to immigration court vary from case to case, especially now, as even broader categories of people — ranging from convicted criminals to recent border crossers seeking asylum, longtime residents and even a few U.S. citizens — are getting caught up in the Trump administration’s sweeping enforcement dragnet.

But for all who find themselves in front of an immigration judge, pitted against a government attorney, often without legal representation of their own, the offense and punishment are always the same: unlawful presence in the United States, which in and of itself is not a crime, and deportation to their country of origin.