One of the most positive responses to heightened federal enforcement of immigration laws has been increasing local and philanthropic interest in supporting immigrant legal defense. These measures are tentative and may be fleeting, and for the time being are not a substitute for federal support for an immigration public defender system. Nevertheless, it is now possible to envision many more immigrants in deportation having access to counsel, maybe even a situation in which the majority do. In this paper, Professor Michael Kagan makes no real predictions. Instead, he offers a deliberately-perhaps even blindly optimistic assessment of how concrete steps that have already been taken could grow into a system of universal deportation defense. In the process, he tries to identify what still needs to happen for this to be achieved, and offer some thoughts on how this might change the practice of immigration law in the United States.
2018 Wis. L. Rev. 305 (2018).
Kagan, Michael, "Toward Universal Deportation Defense: An Optimistic View" (2018). Scholarly Works. 1141.