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New York AG Reverses Due Process Position

“Illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings do not have a constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel, according to an opinion by Attorney General Michael Mukasey reversing a position followed by many federal courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals for the last two decades.

The opinion is a ‘cruel turn of events at the end of this administration,’ Suzanne Tomatore, director of the New York City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Women and Children Project, said in an interview. ‘It really strips away many, many years of legal precedent. It is a complete and utter disregard of due process.’”

New York Law Journal
January 12th, 2009