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September 29, 2020

DOJ May Allow Attys To Help Pro Se Immigrants With Docs
By Suzanne Monyak

In a Tuesday filing, the DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the U.S. immigration courts, proposed permitting attorneys to assist immigrants who are representing themselves in court with writing and filing certain briefs and applications for relief. Under the proposal, those attorneys would be required to disclose their assistance to the court, but they could not be required to commit to representing the immigrant for the rest of the immigration court proceedings, which can last months or years. The proposal comes as the immigration courts face a ballooning backlog, with more than 1.2 million immigration cases in the pipeline, according to a Syracuse University research center, and in-person hearings at some courts are put on pause during the coronavirus pandemic.

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