Friday, May 19, 2017

The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack


The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack

Immigration Policy Trump’s Muslim Ban Department of Justice The Airport Lawyers Who Stood Up to Trump Are Under Attack The Department of Justice is perverting a rule to shut down immigrant-rights lawyers. By Rachel B. Tiven Today 8:00 am While the country has been fixated on President Trump’s firings, leaks, and outbursts involving the Department of Justice, that agency has itself been stealthily attacking our democracy by telling good lawyers to stop representing people. Four weeks ago, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)—a respected nonprofit in Seattle that represents immigrants in deportation proceedings—received a “cease and desist” letter from the DOJ threatening disciplinary action. The letter demanded that NWIRP drop representation of its clients and close down its asylum-advisory program. The reason: a technicality, perversely applied. NWIRP is accused of breaking a rule that was put in place to protect people from lawyers or “notarios” who take their money and then drop their case.

  

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