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In Remote Immigrant Detention Centers, It's Pro Bono Or Bust

By Nicole Narea (June 1, 2018, 5:39 PM EDT) -- Absent a universal right to counsel, the availability of legal representation for noncitizens in immigration proceedings has hit a crisis point nationwide, but none are worse off than individuals detained in remote facilities.

According to a 2015 study published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, only 14 percent of immigrants in detention have access to counsel and immigrants who appeared for court hearings in large metropolitan areas had representation rates more than four times as high as those in rural areas or even small cities. Moreover, detained immigrants with representation achieve a positive outcome in 21 percent of their cases,...

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