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WaPo Demands Legal Aid For Illegal Aliens

From the ever generous (with your tax dollars) Washington Post:

“Stop the Racist Raids” signs are held by Latino activists during a demonstration and news conference 19 December 2006 in Los Angeles, California, protesting recent immigration raids across the country.

Battling Deportation Often a Solitary Journey

Without Legal Assistance, Thousands Are Expelled Unfairly, Critics of System Say

By Karin Brulliard

Monday, January 8, 2007; Page A01

Shortly after 9 a.m., all rose.

The black-robed judge took his seat under the Justice Department seal and in front of the federal prosecutor. People whispering in various languages spilled out of the cramped courtroom into the hallway of the federal immigration court in Arlington County, waiting for their chance to fight to stay in the United States, agree to leave or be deported.

Salvadoran Roxana Velasco sat alone in the waiting room. Like several other people listed on that morning’s 37-case docket, she had no attorney.

"The judge said I have to have a lawyer or I have to represent myself," said Velasco, 30, recalling her first hearing in October. "How am I going to do that?"

In immigration courts, there are judges and prosecutors, evidence and witnesses. The consequences can be great: banishment, separation from family, perhaps persecution at home. But unlike in criminal courts, the government does not provide free lawyers for the poor. And in what court officials deem a great concern, a growing number of people in immigration court have no legal counsel: Of more than 314,000 people whose cases ran their course in fiscal 2005, two-thirds went through on their own, or pro se.

That leaves respondents to navigate byzantine immigration law, the judges to walk them through it and, critics say, the courts to operate sluggishly and deport thousands unfairly.

"How do they possibly pick out of everything that’s happened to them in their lives the legally significant points?" asked Donald Kerwin, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. "You have to know the legal standards to do that."

The issue is more crucial than ever, Kerwin said, as stepped-up enforcement increasingly sends immigrants — including children — to court and to rural detention centers, where lawyers are hard to find…

There is a lot more, but by this point my eyes were so welled-up with tears I could not read the rest.

My God, how is it possible that we are not providing free legal services for illegal aliens?! Where is the outrage?

Still, despite the Washington Post’s hysteria, it doesn’t take a Clarence Darrow to show whether you are in this country legally or not.

Any sentient being should be able to do it. If they can’t, that’s as good reason as any to deport them.

"How do they possibly pick out of everything that’s happened to them in their lives the legally significant points?" asked Donald Kerwin, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. "You have to know the legal standards to do that."

Last I heard the US Catholic church had some money. Why don’t they pay for these lawyers if they are so necessary?

Not to mention ANSWER, the ACLU and the millions of other "immigrants rights" groups.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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