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New York Times: As Barriers to Lawyers Persist, Immigrant Advocates Ponder Solutions

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New York Times: As Barriers to Lawyers Persist, Immigrant Advocates Ponder Solutions

More than two years ago, a federal judge in New York began a crusade to find lawyers for the many immigrants who are detained or deported because they lack representation. Powerful figures, including Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, heard the call and helped draw attention to the issue.

But the problem persists in immigration court, where defendants have no right to a court-appointed lawyer, forcing many to go without and drastically raising their chances of being deported. Although Mr. Bloomberg promised $2 million to train lawyers in immigration issues, the city has not produced the money.

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"If they don't have a lawyer, it's because they don't have anything," said Lynn M. Kelly, executive director of the City Bar Justice Center. "People beg, borrow and pass the hat around the community to hire attorneys."

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