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Immigrants In Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds Of Miles From Legal Help

By Patrick G. Lee/ProPublica

One morning in February, lawyer Marty Rosenbluth set off from his Hillsborough, North Carolina, home to represent two anxious clients in court. He drove about eight hours southwest, spent the night in a hotel and then got up around 6 a.m. to make the final 40-minute push to his destination: a federal immigration court and detention center in the tiny rural Georgia town of Lumpkin.

During two brief hearings over two days, Rosenbluth said, he convinced an immigration judge to grant both of his new clients more time to assess their legal options to stay in the United States. Then he got in his car and drove the 513 miles back home.

"Without an attorney, it's almost impossible to win your case in the immigration courts. You don't even really know what to say or what the standards are," said Rosenbluth, who works for a private law firm and took on the cases for a fee. "You may have a really, really good case. But you simply can't package it in a way that the court can understand."

His clients that day were lucky. Only 6 percent of the men held at the Lumpkin complex - a 2,001-bed detention center and immigration court - have legal representation, according to a 2015 study in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Nationwide, it's not much better, the study of data from October 2006 to September 2012 found: Just 14 percent of detainees have lawyers. That percentage is likely to get even smaller under the Trump administration, which has identified 21,000 potential new detention beds to add to the approximately 40,000 currently in use.

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Posted on May 18, 2017

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Immigrants In Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds Of Miles From Legal Help

By Patrick G. Lee/ProPublica
Many detainees across three states must rely on a single legal aid center in Chicago.

Posted on May 18, 2017

Small Donor Matching System Bill Passes State Senate

By The Illinois Public Interest Research Group
A similar system has existed in New York City for decades and has been adopted by other jurisdictions in recent years.

Posted on May 17, 2017

Are We Monsters?

By Neal Gabler/
If we are now a failed country, as I believe we are, it is not because we have a failed presidency, although we do. It is because we are a failed people.

Posted on May 12, 2017

The Problem With Rahm's Predictive Policing

By William Isaac and Andi Dixon/The Conversation
Garbage in, garbage out.

Posted on May 11, 2017

Report: U.S. Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents Increased In 2016

By Scott Malone/Reuters
The acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Donald Trump's focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Posted on May 9, 2017

Getting Rich Is Largely About Luck

By Danny Dorling/The Conversation
The richer a country is, the more delusional their rich are.

Posted on May 5, 2017

Inequality Is Getting Worse, But Fewer People Than Ever Are Aware Of It

By Jonathan J.B. Mijs/The Conversation
The data show a surprising pattern: The more unequal a society, the less likely its citizens are to notice. Paradoxically, citizens in some of the most unequal countries think theirs is the paragon of meritocracy. How can we explain this phenomenon?

Posted on May 10, 2017

Top Universities Could Take Thousands More Low-Income Students, Study Says

By Jon Marcus/The Hechinger Report
The study contradicts the idea that low-income students aren't qualified for top schools.

Posted on May 8, 2017

Federal Court Certifies Lawsuit Charging Unconstitutional Illinois Prison Healthcare

By The Uptown People's Law Center
Ruling offers opportunity to fix broken system through uniform change.

Posted on May 3, 2017

The Absurd Amount Of Entitlements That Go To Rich People

By Paul Buchheit/Common Dreams
Wealthy Americans complain about 'entitlements' for the poor, but they keep collecting their own entitlements to a degree that average Americans can only dream about.

Posted on May 2, 2017

Chicago Family Sues ICE & City Over Raid, Gang Database

By The MacArthur Justice Center
A nightmarish chain of events that left Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez imprisoned, in severe physical pain and mental anguish, and fighting deportation.

Posted on May 1, 2017

Filing: Walmart CEO Made $22.4 Million Last Year

By Nandita Bose/Reuters
A 13 percent increase over the previous year.

Posted on April 21, 2017

'Record Seizure' Headlines Another False Step By Media In Drug War Coverage

By James Martin and Stephen Bright/The Conversation
Claims that don't stand up to scrutiny.

Posted on April 18, 2017

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