Wisconsin attorneys grant legal aid to immigrants along the border and within the state

While the Constitution grants a right to an attorney, this only applies to criminal cases. Since deportation is a civil case, only those able to find their own attorney are represented in court.

News Story (Wisconsin)

Sonya Chechik
The Daily Cardinal (Madison, WI)
April 28, 2019
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Tags: Deportation, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Immigration Law Center (CILC)


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Ultimately a judge rules based on current immigration law, but Olivarez said studies show legal representation makes a significant difference in the court outcome.

There is only a four percent chance of an unrepresented immigrant winning their removal case and avoiding deportation, compared to a 48 percent chance of winning when they are represented by a competent attorney, according to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice.

While the Constitution grants a right to an attorney, this only applies to criminal cases. Since deportation is a civil case, only those able to find their own attorney are represented in court. Over the past several years, almost half of all immigration court cases have gone unrepresented, according to the same report.