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Old 09-02-2008, 10:09 AM
 
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Do you have a lawyer?" the immigration judge asked during a recent hearing.

Pancho, a native of Equatorial Guinea whose student visa had expired, explained that the attorney to whom he had paid $5,000 didn't show up at the last hearing and he couldn't find another one.

"You told me if I didn't have a lawyer I'd have to represent myself," he said. "But I don't think I'm capable of doing that."

Immigration judges in Los Angeles heard 27,200 cases in the last fiscal year, and stepped-up enforcement is expected to result in more this year.

Some involve foreigners fighting for asylum; others involve people with possible criminal records who are trying to avoid deportation.

Unlike defendants in criminal courts, individuals in immigration court do not have the right to free representation. Though there are no local statistics on the number of people who appeared in immigration court without lawyers, 58% of respondents nationwide were unrepresented, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the courts.


anna.gorman@latimes.com

Lawyers difficult to obtain in immigration cases - Los Angeles Times
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If he had $5,000, yet ignored the fact that he was here on an expired visa, he had no excuse for remaining in this country illegally. People like this should be thrown in jail . . . .indefinitely.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Those who abide by our laws by entering the country legally, and not overstaying their visas, will not have this unnecessary burden. I'm glad to learn that our tax dollars aren't being squandered on these immigration cases. It's bad enough we are paying for the legal defense for the hordes of illegal aliens in our criminal courts. Not to mention, the millions spent to incarcerate these parasites.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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Those who abide by our laws by entering the country legally, and not overstaying their visas, will not have this unnecessary burden. I'm glad to learn that our tax dollars aren't being squandered on these immigration cases. It's bad enough we are paying for the legal defense for the hordes of illegal aliens in our criminal courts. Not to mention, the millions spent to incarcerate these parasites.
I couldn't agree more. Because it bares repeating, every single cent that this invasion is costing us should be deducted from the proceeds of the foreign aid we give to their respective governments. I guarantee they would issue shoot to kill orders for every one of their nationals caught entering the US illegally.

For them, money is the only thing that trumps race.
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:20 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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read the whole article. he got married to a US citizen in the time being and was unsure of the proper channels to navigate. immigration processes are dificult and sometimes you end yup with unscrupulous lawyers. i am glad we have immigration judges who think rationally. thrwoing him in jail indefintely will not solve the problem.
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Do you have a lawyer?" the immigration judge asked during a recent hearing.

Pancho, a native of Equatorial Guinea whose student visa had expired, explained that the attorney to whom he had paid $5,000 didn't show up at the last hearing and he couldn't find another one.

"You told me if I didn't have a lawyer I'd have to represent myself," he said. "But I don't think I'm capable of doing that."

Immigration judges in Los Angeles heard 27,200 cases in the last fiscal year, and stepped-up enforcement is expected to result in more this year.

Some involve foreigners fighting for asylum; others involve people with possible criminal records who are trying to avoid deportation.

Unlike defendants in criminal courts, individuals in immigration court do not have the right to free representation. Though there are no local statistics on the number of people who appeared in immigration court without lawyers, 58% of respondents nationwide were unrepresented, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the courts.


anna.gorman@latimes.com

Lawyers difficult to obtain in immigration cases - Los Angeles Times
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If he had $5,000, yet ignored the fact that he was here on an expired visa, he had no excuse for remaining in this country illegally. People like this should be thrown in jail . . . .indefinitely.
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Rational? Here is rational, if your Visa is about to expire you need to make arrangements to go home. 5000 should have bought a first class ticket.
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