Podcast: Deportation without representation
By: The Impact
Anyone arrested on criminal charge in the U.S. is guaranteed the right to an attorney. Even if you’re not here legally. That’s not the case in immigration court. Immigration court is under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General and the Justice Department in the executive branch. Not the judicial branch.
Oakland passed a measure to fund attorneys for people in immigration court that don’t have access to one otherwise.
People with legal representation are 5 times less likely to be deported.
Those people detained for potentially being here illegally are often held in detention for months in a mixed population with people accused of crimes.
Often the accused aren’t physically present in the courtroom, they present on a video feed where they watch the proceedings from the detention center and can appear on screen in the courtroom.