NYC Project Shows Value of Legal Aid in Immigration Court

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Immigrants in the U.S. illegally have no right to free legal counsel, so the vast majority who appear in immigration court stand alone before a judge. A new initiative suggests just how valuable legal aid can be. Since 2013, the New York Immigrant Family Unit Program has provided publicly funded attorneys for poor detainees in removal proceedings at a Manhattan immigration court. And deportations there have plunged.
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