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Each and every detained, undocumented immigrant facing deportation proceedings in eleven metropolitan areas will be offered free legal help soon.
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The Vera Institute of Justice recently launched their Safety and Fairness for Everyone–or “SAFE” Cities Network campaign.
The campaign aims to alleviate a dearth of legal representation for undocumented immigrants caught up in the rolling nationwide dragnets instituted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officials at the behest of the White House and Department of Homeland Security.
A recent study by Vera purports to show that detained and poverty-stricken immigrants who receive legal representation fare markedly better than those who attended immigration tribunals as pro se litigants–or, on their own.
The results of that study, performed by the New York
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