For immigrants without lawyers, justice is hard to find

Nearly 55% of those with lawyers were allowed to stay compared to 9% of immigrants without lawyers.

News Story (NATIONAL, Wisconsin)

Natalie Yahr
Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
May 19, 2019

Tags: Immigration Process

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


Nationally, the picture is similar: Immigrants without lawyers had an average success rate of less than 8%. Cases that began since 2015 were omitted from the analysis because many of them have not yet been decided.

Olivarez works for the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC), a partially taxpayer-funded program based in Madison that provides free and low-cost legal services to some of Wisconsin’s detained immigrants.

These are people who cook at restaurants, take care of dairy cows, clean office buildings, landscape yards and put shingles on roofs, among many other jobs. They may have committed a crime — ranging from heinous to minor — or no crime besides entering the United States illegally, an offense that can bring a small fine or up to six months in jail.