Bummer: People Demanding Asylum Often Have No Lawyers To Help With Process

This has made the NY Times very upset, so, Miriam Jordan wrote an opinion piece masquerading as straight news

In Court Without a Lawyer: The Consequences of Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Plan

Outside one of the nation’s busiest immigration courts, dozens of migrant families streamed out of a pair of buses that had just pulled in from the Mexican border, all of them hoping to fight deportation and ask for refuge in the United States.

They filed into two packed waiting rooms at the busy federal compound southeast of San Diego. Mothers tried to soothe crying babies. Security guards escorted people to bathroom breaks. Inside the courtrooms, people waiting their turns before the judges slouched on wooden benches as the long hours wore on.

The hearings unfolding several days a week in Southern California are unlike most of the asylum proceedings that have dominated immigration court dockets since Central American families began arriving in large numbers at the southern border in 2014. For the 158 migrants brought in through the San Ysidro port of entry that day in July, their stay in the United States would be brief: Nearly all of them would be returned to Mexico at the end of the day to await, at a distance, what for some of them could be a life-or-death decision.

And most of them will be denied asylum, because they do not qualify. They’ve been enticed by Open Borders advocates to make the 2,000 mile trek. As for being deported, that would be what Mexico is looking to do.

For decades, those who could reasonably argue they were fleeing persecution in their homelands could enter the United States and obtain temporary residence and often a work permit while they consulted with a lawyer and prepared to present a full asylum petition to the immigration court.

That all changed under a Trump administration program that began in January. The program requires many migrants seeking admission to the United States to be sent back to Mexico for the duration of their court proceedings, allowing them to cross the border only for their hearings.

For decades, a goodly chunk simply disappeared into America after we generously allowed them in to make their petition. Then, decades later they demand that we give them citizenship after taking advantage of our generosity.

The program is proving disastrously difficult for many asylum seekers, who show up for critical court hearings like the ones in San Diego with no legal representation and little understanding of what is needed to successfully present a case. Some have not even been informed of when their cases would be heard, or were given the wrong date or the wrong courthouse.

That would be on them. If you’re going to petition, say, the IRS, it is on you to obtain representation and learn what’s necessary to successfully present your case, right? You should take the time to find out the things you need to know, correct? It’s called personal responsibility. Now, if you were busted and couldn’t afford a lawyer, that’s something different. These people are all showing up voluntarily. Want a lawyer? Hire one. Heck, a bunch of you could band together for representation. They could Demand that the liberal Open Borders advocates who enticed them to come pay for them. The U.S. taxpayers shouldn’t.

Hey, perhaps the NY Times can pick up the tab, since this gives them a sad.

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One Response to “Bummer: People Demanding Asylum Often Have No Lawyers To Help With Process”

  1. Dana says:

    What? they have no shysters to help them get across the border?

    That’s a good thing! We should absolutely welcome immigrants who have the talents and skills to contribute to our economy and support themselves, but the last thing we need are immigrants who speak little or no English, who have few skills beyond manual labor which translate to our economy, and who will be drags on our infrastructure, educational and welfare systems.

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