Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

How Can We Help with the Immigration Detention Crisis?

October 2019 Bar Bulletin

When we see news footage of detained immigrants, separated families, crying children, and bereft parents, these images represent the tip of the iceberg of a major legal crisis. As detention centers are filled and communities brace for ICE raids, what many consider to be unconstitutional policies weigh on our collective conscience. It is also a titanic legal crisis for each individual detained and their families.

Detained immigrants are sent to ICE detention centers pending immigration court proceedings. Unlike the criminal justice system, the law does not give detained immigrants the right to an attorney if they cannot afford one. They must...

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