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May 7, 2022

New immigration court poised for Concord as public defender likely denied more funds
By Lisa Fernandez

California currently has more than 200,000 pending immigration cases to be heard. And in Contra Costa County, there are roughly 7,800 cases; about 2,300 of those immigrants don't have legal representation, data shows. In immigration hearings, the government is always represented by an attorney. However, unlike in criminal proceedings, the government is not required to provide legal counsel to immigrants who can't afford to hire a lawyer. Statistics show that immigrants who have lawyers end up staying in the United States about 65% to 70% of the time, while immigrants who don't win about 20% of the time.

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