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Carmen Iguina

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Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 12:20 PM

As I set down my papers on the living room table for our interview, Yeni Gomez apologized while she cleared the space.

"We rarely sit down to eat since he has been detained," she explained.

Marco Antonio Alfaro Garcia, her partner of over six years, is in immigration...

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Historic Decision Recognizing Right to Counsel for Group of Immigration Detainees

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:56 PM

In a landmark ruling yesterday, Federal District Judge Dolly M. Gee ordered the federal government to provide legal representation for immigrant detainees in California, Arizona and Washington who have serious mental disabilities and are unable to represent themselves in immigration court. This is a historic decision -- it...

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Bringing Gideon's "Noble Ideal" to the Immigration System

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 2:09 PM

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's declaration in Gideon v. Wainwright that the Constitution guarantees indigent criminal defendants the right to appointed counsel. The Supreme Court described a "noble ideal" of "fair trials before impartial tribunals in which every defendant stands equal before the law." As...

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