Detainee is on video. I can't see his face but he has a heavy Massachusetts accent--you'd never know he wasn't born here. He is seeking bond.
"But you still have a very serious record."
"I've lived in this country for more than 30 years."
"You weren't supposed to commit crimes."
"OK, Your Honor."
He will have no chance of returning lawfully to the United States.
The court doesn't have an interpreter available in detainee's unusual language, so attorney just had to explain everything in his native language
"Your Honor, my client is requesting immediate deportation."
Bond denied and deportation ordered within 10 minutes.
Attorney and detainee have a brief, heated exchange in native language. Attorney hangs up.
(1) Most immigrants never have contact with the criminal justice system. Those who do are now usually detained.
(2) Most of these detainees have current legal status (typically a greencard)
3) These detainees represent a tiny sliver of the imm population, which commits crimes at lower rates than native-born
4) It' very possible to win these cases, but very few of us want to take them. They barely pay, are grueling work, and are mentally/emotionally exhausting
Mexican detainee. Young, competent, prepared lawyer. Has a pending charge for assault after successfully stopping a burglar from breaking into his car.
"Gracias! Have a nice day, Your Honor."
Denial of bond can change the course of an immigrant's life. Doing the case in custody means less access to counsel, a weaker defense, and months of prolonged detention.