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Access to Counsel

Only 14% of detained immigrants have an attorney and for those who do, impediments to counsel can be immensely harmful. Read about our advocacy work highlighting access to counsel issues in the immigration detention system and the importance of safeguarding this vital right.


Lawsuit Challenges ICE’s Repeated Denial of Free Legal Phone Calls in El Paso Region

May 4, 2020

Free, confidential legal phone calls are crucial for detained asylum seekers, but lawyers and clients in the El Paso region have been repeatedly denied these calls by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Monday, May 4, 2020, Immigration Justice Campaign pro bono partner Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff, LLP filed a lawsuit with ICE to ensure that legal calls can take place in a way that is safe and free for detained individuals in the El Paso region.
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Take Action: Call on ICE’s El Paso Field Office to Provide Phone Access to Detained Individuals

May 4, 2020

Immigration Justice Campaign volunteers and partners helped uncover systemic barriers to free, confidential phone calls for immigrants detained in the El Paso region, a jurisdiction known for some of the lowest asylum grant rates in the nation. Call on ICE’s El Paso Field Office to provide this essential service today.
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Letter to DHS Requesting "Remain in Mexico" Program Be Stopped

May 4, 2020

Free, confidential legal phone calls are crucial for detained asylum seekers, but lawyers and clients in the El Paso region have been repeatedly denied these calls by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Monday, May 4, 2020, Immigration Justice Campaign pro bono partner Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff, LLP filed a lawsuit with ICE to ensure that legal calls can take place in a way that is safe and free for detained individuals in the El Paso region.
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Letter to DHS Requesting "Remain in Mexico" Program Be Stopped

March 6, 2020

One hundred and fifty three organizations, including AILA, sent a letter to DHS urging it to uphold U.S. asylum law and to allow asylum seekers currently subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) into the United States so they may seek refuge and protection from within the country.
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CBP Responds to Letter Regarding Concerns over Truncated Asylum Programs Being Piloted in El Paso, TX

February 28, 2020

Acting Commissioner of CBP, Mark A. Morgan, sent a response to a letter from Representative Veronica Escobar (D-TX) expressing concerns over two new programs subjecting vulnerable individuals to truncated asylum review processes known as PACR and HARP. The letter reveals new details about the operation and application of both programs.
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Call for an End to the Remain in Mexico Program

January 29, 2020

January 2020 marked one year of the egregious Remain in Mexico, or Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), program, which forces asylum seekers arriving at our southern border to remain in Mexico for months while they wait for their hearings before a U.S. immigration judge. Immigration Justice Campaign volunteers and staff participated in nationwide events on January 29, 2020 to call for an end to this harmful program.
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Tell the Government to Halt Plans to Impose a Fee for Seeking Asylum

December 10, 2019

The Trump administration proposed a new regulation policy that would impose a fee for asylum applicants – which would make the United States one of only four countries in the world to impose such a fee. Tell the government why there should be no fee for seeking protection in the United States.
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El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC) Seeks to Change the Asylum Landscape for Detained Immigrants

August 6, 2019

The Immigration Justice Campaign, along with local and national partners, has launched the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC). EPIC seeks to increase legal representation for detained immigrants in and around El Paso and promote oversight of the immigration courts and detention centers in the region.
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Letter Urges Secretary Nielsen to End the Migrant Protection Protocols Policy

February 6, 2019

The American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. sent a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen on February 6, 2019 documenting the harm that families served by the Proyecto Dilley (formerly the Dilley Pro Bono Project) have faced on the other side of the southern border – and demanding a reversal of the Migrant Protection Protocols.
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