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New York gave every detained immigrant a lawyer. It could serve as a national model.

Posted on AllSides June 9th, 2021
From The Left
immigration, lawyers, New York

Biden wants to expand immigrants’ access to legal representation.

Deportation can carry grave consequences. An immigrant might have to leave behind their family, abandon years-long ties to their community, and return to a country where they may have previously faced threats to their life and livelihood — even the kind that might have qualified them for humanitarian protection in the US had they been able to prove it.

But despite those potential costs, they aren’t entitled to a lawyer when facing deportation proceedings in immigration court. The Constitution’s Sixth Amendment,...

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