L.A. lack legal counsel, face deportation
In May 2021, The Biden management created a
“dedicated docket” program in response to the rise of unease of families and children at the southern border.
Established across 11 cities,
Including Los Angeles and its goal was to resolve cases,
“more fast and fairly.”
The program pushes judges to resolve cases within 300 days
The docket has caused issues for many asylum seekers and created obstacles leading to higher rates
“alternatives to detention” program,
monitored with an ankle bracelet or tracked through a phone application.
Most immigrants facing deportation in the U.S.,
Including refugee fleeing violence and persecution,
Do not have access to a lawyer.
The stakes could not be higher losing could lead to family separation and even put their lives in jeopardy.
Lack of universal representation for those in immigration court leaves them exposed to a system designed to trip them up every step of the way.
The IRC calls for a public defender model in which all noncitizens have access to fundamental legal protections including high quality legal representation in immigration court.
Under U.S. immigration law,
President Joe Biden’s rule,
Which could become active in May and expire after two years,
Would presume asylum ineligibility for those who enter illegally.
The penalty would make it easier for the government to deport border crossers who express a fear of harm,