Providing aid to people facing deportation is admirable — but not for felons

A GROWING number of localities with burgeoning communities of immigrants are devoting public funds to provide legal aid to those undocumented residents who face deportation.

Editorial (NATIONAL)

Washington Post
August 20, 2019

Tags: Immigration


Advocates point out the stark difference in success rates for migrants who go before immigration judges with and without lawyers. Those who appear solo have next to no chance of prevailing — as little as 3 percent, according to some experts. Those with lawyers increase their odds of avoiding deportation tenfold.

That has been prompting jurisdictions including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Sacramento — and, in the D.C. region, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Arlington counties — to allocate modest funds to provide such migrants with counsel. Another impetus is the Trump administration’s intensified deportation push, which has swept up tens of thousands of unauthorized immigrants with relatively clean records — those generally left alone in the later years of the Obama administration — as well as others with serious criminal convictions.