Immigrant Legal Program Failing, Costing $40M, EOIR Says

By Cara Bayles (September 7, 2018, 4:34 PM EDT) -- A study by the Executive Office for Immigration Review found the Legal Orientation Program that helps immigrants navigate the complexities of immigration court doesn't achieve higher success rates for its participants, but that those participants' detention lasts longer than that of non-LOP participants and costs the federal government $40 million annually.

The LOP is meant to improve the immigration courts' efficiency by informing people facing removal proceedings about their legal rights. But Wednesday's study found the program, which costs $8 million a year, resulted in detention stays that were on average 25 days longer than those of non-LOP participants, costing the...

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