Friday, May 25th, 2018

Behind Closed Doors: An Overview of DHS Restrictions on Access to Counsel

"On May 31, 2012, in an effort to improve access to counsel before
CBP, ICE and USCIS, the LAC and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’
Rights released the report, Behind Closed Doors: An Overview of DHS Restrictions on Access to Counsel.
The report describes restrictions on access to legal representation
before DHS, provides a legal landscape, and offers recommendations
designed to combat DHS’s harmful practices. It also addresses recent
changes to USCIS guidance that are intended to expand access to legal
representation.  The report includes anecdotes from immigration attorneys across the
country indicating that CBP, ICE and USCIS often interfere with
noncitizens’ access to counsel in benefits interviews, interrogations,
and other types of administrative proceedings outside of immigration
court