American Immigration Counsel published a report on Access to counsel in Immigration Court.
The data shows that immigrants represented by attorneys are more successful in deportation proceedings than unrepresnted immigrants.
Immigrants with attorneys fare better at every stage of the court process
Represented immigrants in detention who had a custody hearing were four times more likely to be released from detention (44 percent with counsel versus 11 percent without).
Represented immigrants were much more likely to apply for relief from deportation.
Detained immigrants with counsel were nearly 11 times more likely to seek relief such as asylum than those without representation (32 percent with counsel versus 3 percent without).
Immigrants who were never detained were five times more likely to seek relief if they had an attorney (78 percent with counsel versus 15 percent without).
Represented immigrants were more likely to obtain the immigration relief they sought.
Among detained immigrants, those with representation were twice as likely as unrepresented immigrants to obtain immigration relief if they sought it (49 percent with counsel versus 23 percent without).
Represented immigrants who were never detained were nearly five times more likely than their unrepresented counterparts to obtain relief if they sought it (63 percent with counsel versus 13 percent without).