How Your Location Impacts Your Likelihood of Being Represented in Immigration Court

How Your Location Impacts Your Likelihood of Being Represented in Immigration Court

Immigrants who are facing deportation proceedings in the U.S. have no right to have an attorney represent them in court. As deportation proceedings are civil rather than criminal in nature, the U.S. Constitution does not require legal representation. While some immigrants can afford to hire an immigration lawyers, many more others simply cannot afford to do so, which puts them at a disadvantage in a court where they don’t understand immigration law, where all proceedings are conducted in a language foreign to them, and where the government always has an attorney. Ironically enough, the likelihood of an immigrant being represented by an attorney in immigration court depends largely on where the immigrant happens to live. The disparity between the ability of immigrants to obtain counsel in one part of the country as opposed to another is quite substantial, ranging from only one out of 100 to 82 out of 100. If you are in Honolulu, HI, Pontiac, MI, or Manteca, CA, you are far more likely to be able to access legal counsel during immigration proceedings than if you are in Huntsville, TX, Coral Springs-Margate, FL, or Atlanta-Decatur, GA. In some areas of the country, there are not only more immigration attorneys available, but there are also attorneys who are willing to take on these cases at low or no-cost. This problem extends nationwide; statistics show that one or more residents of three out of every four counties in the U.S. are involved in immigration court proceedings. Some larger cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have committed to providing funding for immigrants in deportation proceedings who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Legislation to publicly fund legal representation in immigration court We are the California deportation defense lawyers whom you can turn to if you or a loved one are facing deportation proceedings, no matter what the reason may be. Regardless of the complexity or difficulty of the situation, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. has the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate on behalf of you and your family throughout the course of any deportation proceedings. Contact our office today and let us answer all of your questions about any aspect of deportation proceedings.
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