Friday, May 25th, 2018

Falling through the Cracks: How Gaps in ICE’s Prosecutorial Discretion Policy Affect Immigrants Without Legal Representation

"While the Obama administration’s has expanded use of prosecutorial
discretion in immigration cases, the subject of immigrants without legal
representation and their ability to access this discretion remains
unresolved.  In 2011, nearly half of all immigrants in removal
proceedings appeared “pro se,” or without legal representation.  While immigration attorneys can explain the effect of these policies to their clients, pro se immigrants may be unaware that new policies are even in effect.  Immigrant advocates have thus been rightly concerned about whether pro se
immigrants in removal proceedings will benefit from Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) prosecutorial discretion policies.  This paper lays out what immigration authorities can do to ensure
that pro