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AILA Doc. No. 21050438 | Dated June 10, 2021
Despite the critical role legal representation plays in ensuring fairness in removal proceedings, the law still does not guarantee the government will pay for counsel if the person is unable to afford one. According to a 2016 study by the American Immigration Council, people were five times more likely to obtain legal relief if they were represented by counsel and people who were detained were ten-and-a-half times more likely to succeed. In the absence of a universal right to counsel, a significant portion of people in removal proceedings—at least 40 percent—are unrepresented by counsel.
AILA and the American Immigration Council and a broad coalition of immigration experts and advocates, as well as Members of Congress and other elected officials, are calling upon President Biden and Congress to provide additional funding to expand legal representation for people in removal proceedings.
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