Several major law firms throughout the nation are working together to help immigrant families who have been separated and detained when attempting to come to the United States. This comes as the culmination of the outrage caused by the cruel immigration practices enacted by the Trump administration.
As the number of immigration cases continues to increase with no signs of slowing down, more and more lawyers are needed to aid defendants. Additionally, more judges need to be hired to tend to these cases; however, the Trump administration has made it clear they do not intend to do that.
Difference Between Criminal and Immigration Cases
The reason lawyers are needed to help defend immigrants in court is due to the fact that immigration cases are classified as civil cases rather than criminal cases. In criminal cases, states are required to provide defendants with an attorney; however, the government does not appoint a lawyer to defendants in civil cases – leaving them to have to prove their own defense.
As a result, nearly three dozen law firms signed onto the essay, “The Law Did Not Create This Crisis, but Lawyers Will Help End It” that was published in the New York Times. The essay stated the intent of these law firms to help defend immigrant families in their upcoming court appearances. Furthermore, it called Trump’s immigration policies immoral and criticized his executive order for doing nothing to help reunite children with their families. Lastly, this essay called for Trump and his administration to develop a plan to reunite families and the end the prosecution of asylum seekers.
Meanwhile, immigrants from Central America continue to make their way to the United States with the hope of finding asylum. If you or someone you know is in a situation similar to this, consult an immigration attorney immediately to help you understand your rights and how you can gain lawful status in the U.S.