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Fri Apr 13, 2018, 04:57 AM

Trump administration pauses legal orientation for immigrants

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trump-administration-pauses-legal-orientation-for-immigrants/

Immigrant advocates are outraged by a U.S. government decision to put on hold a program that helps tens of thousands of immigrants navigate the country’s complex immigration court system.

The $8 million-a-year program that provides legal orientation to immigrants in deportation proceedings is on hold pending review, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees immigration courts.


This move that came to light this week angered immigrant advocates, who called the assistance a lifeline for asylum seekers and other immigrants fighting deportation without lawyers.

“Every day this program is not in operation puts family unity at risk, harms our communities, and infringes on the right of all people to make informed decisions about their legal claims,” the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice said in a news release.

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