Monday, May 28th, 2018

Lichter, Osuna: OIG Critique of Immigration Courts Lacks Nuance

"Laura Lichter, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said the inspector general reached simplistic conclusions to complex problems associated with the immigration court system.  She said cases involving detained immigrants are less likely to involve an immigration lawyer.  And in some cases, people could be “stuck in jail on a noncriminal matter” because they cannot afford a bond while their case moves through the system.  In nondetainee cases, an extension or continuance can be sought to receive government paperwork, obtain an expert witnesses, or to deal with other variables.  “You need time to prepare and build a case,” said Lichter, who practices immigration law in Colorado." – Hearst, Nov. 1, 2012.