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NERA Economic Consulting
May 28, 2014

Cost of Counsel in Immigration: Economic Analysis of Proposal Providing Public Counsel to Indigent Persons Subject to Immigration Removal Proceedings
By Dr. John D. Montgomery

In this report, Dr. Montgmomery presents his analysis of the estimated costs and offsetting savings of a proposal to create a program, entirely funded and overseen by the Federal government, to provide counsel to every respondent in immigration removal proceedings under 8 U.S.C. § 1229a who qualifies as indigent (hereinafter, the “Propos al”). He states upfront that information and data on legal representation in immigration proceedings is incomplete, and a substantial range of uncertainty consequently is attached to estimates in this report. However, using a range of of vailable numbers and background information, he prepares what he believes to be unbiased estimates based on the best information available to him from a variety of sources......[Citing TRAC research].

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