Immigrant Detainees Deserve Lawyers

Below is a link to an editorial that was published in the Los Angeles Times today, calling for legal representation for all immigrant detainees. The editorial argues that providing attorneys for detainees not only could potentially save significant amounts of money, but, more importantly, that it would “prevent miscarriages of justice.”

The case referred to in the editorial is of an ACLU client, Jose Antonio Franco, a mentally retarded man who faced deportation to Mexico after throwing a rock during a fight. Franco spent nearly five years in a detention center, because he had no attorney. He was released only after the ACLU and Public Counsel agreed to represent him.

In addition to the Franco case, http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-counsel-20111108,0,2305323.story