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A new report from a New York State Bar Association committee details significant shortcomings in the advice received by immigrants facing removal proceedings and offers specific guidelines for both attorneys and non-attorneys who represent them. Many immigrants cannot afford adequate legal representation, do not know how to obtain it even if they can afford it, or are ill-equipped to represent themselves, according to the state bar’s Special Committee on Immigrant Representation. For those without attorneys, the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review accredits non-attorney advisers, but the report says the non-attorneys sometimes may do more harm than good.

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