In his response to the AILA Survey, Sen. Booker stated:
As president, I will expand legal counsel for all immigrants, starting with immigrant children. Access to legal counsel remains a challenge: about two-thirds of immigrants face their deportation proceedings without a lawyer. And representation matters. Studies show that immigrants with legal representation are at least twice as likely to gain lawful protection in the United States. Further, when individuals are represented by counsel they are nearly 100% certain to comply with their court dates. Deportation cases can be matters of life and death. The Trump administration tried to end the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) that provided basic information to immigrants in detention about their process and rights. I will use my authority as president to expand access to counsel and the LOP to cover all detention centers and immigration courts and expand access to counsel for immigrants, especially unaccompanied immigrant children.
In 2018, Sen. Booker cosponsored S. 2468, which would have guaranteed counsel at government expense.Read More