Foreigners on U.S. Soil: To Know Your Rights Is to Know Very Little

, New York Law Journal


In their Immigration Law column, Seyfarth Shaw's Angelo A. Paparelli and Ted J. Chiappari and Olivia M. Sanson of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke write: For a nation that proclaims equal justice under law a founding principle, the United States offers a skimpy menu of legal rights and remedies to foreign citizens facing deportation. The reasons include systemic dysfunctionality in the administration of the immigration laws, the lack of affordable legal representation, and, on the most fundamental level, the judicial rubric applied to immigration cases that removal is a civil rather than a criminal proceeding.

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