New DHS Pilot Program to Help Undocumented Immigrants
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new pilot program on August 17, 2021, that will pay cities, counties and nongovernmental organizations to offer services for undocumented immigrants who have been caught and released and are awaiting deportation hearings. The “Case Management Pilot Program” is for immigrants in the Alternatives to Detention Program (ADP). The Alternative to Detention Program releases migrants on ankle bracelets or requires them to make regular check-ins.
Case Management Pilot Program services for noncitizens will include:
• mental health services
• human and sex trafficking screening
• legal orientation programs
• cultural orientation programs
• connections to social services
• departure planning and reintegration services for individuals returning to their home countries
Benefits of Attorney Representation at Deportation Hearings
Immigrants facing deportation who have a lawyer are up to 10 times more likely to win their cases, according to analysis by the Vera Institute of Justice. In addition to undocumented individuals being less likely to be deported if they are represented by a lawyer, the study also found more benefits for hiring an attorney to handle your deportation case. Legal representation:
• increases court efficiency
• eliminates delays caused by efforts to find counsel
• solves the need to explain or translate the proceedings to the individual
• eliminates untrue legal or procedural claims by someone who is unfamiliar with the deportation laws
The Sixth Amendment guarantees criminal defendants a right to a lawyer. The immigration court system, unlike criminal courts, does not guarantee a right to legal counsel. Noncitizens who are not represented by a lawyer may not speak English, don’t understand the U.S. immigration laws and are charged by experienced immigration lawyers and the court system.
Do You Need A Deportation Lawyer?
A noncitizen placed in removal proceedings may have several options their deportation defense lawyer can use to fight their deportation case. A skilled deportation defense lawyer can help you resolve the threat of deportation and find ways to legally remain in the United States. Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, and Lake Counties. To get started on your defense, call 630-912-0322 to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced immigration attorneys today.