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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

President Bush Removes Right to Legal Counsel

In a heartless move, the Bush Administration has stripped the right to legal counsel from immigrants facing deportation.

The American Immigration Law Foundation reports that “the Attorney General (Michael Mukasey) declared that henceforth, immigrants, asylum seekers, and all others in removal (deportation) proceedings do not have any right under statute or the Constitution to representation by a lawyer before they can be ordered deported.”

This move by the Bush Administration is just one of the many last ditch efforts to create problems for the incoming Obama Administration. It is imperative for President-elect Obama to correct this at the earliest opportunity to protect families struggling to stay together, and those struggling to escape persecution in their home countries.

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