Attorney General Michael Mukasey ruled Wednesday that aliens have no constitutional right to challenge the outcome of their deportation hearings based on their lawyers' mistakes. The opinion, which is binding on the nation's 53 immigration courts, does not rule out aliens succeeding on claims of ineffective assistance, but it is expected to sharply reduce their chances. Aliens must show that their attorneys' failings were "egregious" and that they likely affected the outcome of the case.
AG Mukasey: Aliens Have No Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel
January 9, 2009