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New Houston Area Project To Offer Legal Defense For Immigrants Facing Deportation

Deportation Defense Houston will start taking on cases in June

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Deportation Defense Houston will offer free legal counsel and information to immigrants facing deportation.

In Texas, less than 30 percent of detained immigrants had legal representation from October 2000 to February 2018, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

Most immigrants facing deportation are forced to represent themselves in court proceedings, which can dramatically lower their chances of winning their case.

"Studies have shown that you are anywhere from 10-14 times more likely to win your case if you have a lawyer than if you do not,” said Kate Vickery, Executive Director of the Houston Immigration Services Collaborative.

“People get deported out of the United States without ever having the chance to actually even make their case or even knowing that there is something that they are, in fact, eligible for,” said Vickery.

Groups involved in Deportation Defense Houston are staffing up so attorneys can start taking cases in June.

YMCA International Services, BakerRipley and Justice For Our Neighbors of Houston are participating in the collaborative.

Deportation Defense Houston is currently offering legal advice to immigrants through an active bilingual hotline.


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