Undocumented immigrants are hiring lawyers much more frequently now than just as recent as five years ago. Many immigration attorneys serve clients who might fall through the cracks in the system. What may seem like a simple application or petition can easily turn into a nightmare if it is not perfectly prepared and timely submitted, to keep it from being rejected, denied, or causing the initiation of removal proceedings.
Additional funding allows more attorneys to help undocumented immigrants.
In the process of deportation/removal, attorneys may be available for those who cannot afford them through pro bono programs which are also increasing in number. Third party groups are funded in some cases by government money. For example, Health and Human services funds organizations that help juveniles in need legal representation in immigration court. Here is a link to a catalog published several years ago, but demonstrating the number of options for funding: Federal Funds for Organizations That Help Those In Need.
Over the past five years, the number of undocumented immigrants in the court system who hire lawyers increased by 20 percent. According to recent figures from the 2013 statistical yearbook, “In 2013, 59 percent of those in immigration proceedings had legal representation…in 2009, just 39 percent had lawyers.” As the debates in Washington continue over comprehensive immigration reform, more undocumented immigrants being held in detention centers, and in removal proceedings, are speaking up and capturing the attention of the media and lawmakers. The harsh realities of the outdated system are becoming more widely known and this additional exposure helps more lawyers get involved in representing undocumented immigrants in courts.
Getting it wrong can be tragic and immigrants facing removal benefit from having an immigration attorney.
The system is so complex and it is nearly impossible for anyone not trained in immigration law to navigate immigration courts without an attorney. Over the past few years, many of the options for immigration relief come from executive actions and administrative policy decisions. So, where the general rule of law may state one position, an executive order may indicate certain situations where the rule of law will not be enforced or there could be a deferral to enforcement.
More immigrants have lawyers and more are winning their cases according to analysis by Syracuse University, “The US government has been losing more deportation cases each year since 2009, according to the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records.” The same study also notes that the overall number of removal proceedings has decreased which is good news giving hope to more undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S. To learn more about how Attorney KiKi M. Mosley helps undocumented immigrants facing removal, please contact the law firm using the links below.
Attorney KiKi M. Mosley is licensed to practice law by the State of Illinois and Louisiana. She is skilled and experienced in complex immigration law issues including applications for temporary immigration relief, deportation defense, and adjustments of status. For more information about the law firm, please visitwww.KiKisLaw.com, and do not forget to “Like” the firm onFacebook and “Follow” onTwitter. You can also review Attorney Mosley’s endorsements on her Avvo profile.
 Executive Office for Immigration Reform, 2013 statistical yearbook.
 National Law Journal: Undocumented Immigrants Are Lawyering Up. By Elahe Izadi, Apr.21, 2014.
 The Christian Science Monitor: Immigration reform: More and more deportations are defeated in court. By Alicia Caldwell (AP), Feb. 13, 2014.