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ABAG Member: Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation funds report: Access to Justice for Immigrants

Monday, May 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tausi Suedi
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Immigrants need sanctuary – and lawyers

The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein funded a recent report, Access to Justice: Ensuring Counsel for Immigrants Facing Deportation in the D.C. Metropolitan Area, which shows the critical role of legal counsel for immigrants in our region. The report found that at the Baltimore Immigration Court, which covers all immigrants detained in Maryland, immigrants without representation were only able to win their cases an abysmal 7 percent of the time. In stark contrast, having a lawyer in Arlington more than doubled a person’s chances of being able to remain in the U.S. and quadrupled a person’s chance of obtaining relief in Baltimore.

In light of the report findings, the Center for Popular Democracy calls on elected officials, in partnership with service providers, to establish a publicly funded universal representation program for immigrants facing detention and deportation in Arlington, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland. The report has received coverage in The Washington Post and a Baltimore Sun editorial.

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