Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced plans to terminate funding for the Legal Orientation and Court Helpdesk programs that provide information about detention and deportation to tens of thousands of detained immigrants in remote locations far from the U.S.–Mexico border and major cities. These programs began in 2003 with bipartisan support to help immigrants without legal representation navigate complicated immigration court proceedings and efficiently use taxpayer dollars to reduce court delays. Halting them bypasses a congressional directive to maintain ongoing programs, and with backlogged immigration courts, prolonged detention, and so many immigrants forced to represent themselves, is an assault on the due process rights of immigrants.
We ask you to join the KBI in calling on Congress to demand that the DOJ comply with its directives and maintain existing legal orientation programs. Find contact information and a sample script for your phone call on the KBI web site: https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/act/. Thank you for your advocacy and action!