wherefore plea bargains?
July 14, 2008 § 1 Comment
- ANY person, residing in the US
- BESIDES an American citizen, accused of a
- CRIME, must always remember that
- DEPORTATION possibilities
- EXIST, in all cases
A recent New York Times piece, “An Interpreter Speaking Up for Migrants,” discusses an essay published by Professor Erik Camayd-Freixas.
Camayd-Freixas — a court translator for more than 20 years — wrote about his recent work at trials for 400 (mostly Guatemalan) people in Iowa.
Rounded up in a raid, these folks were brought to a criminal court instead of what typically occurs: deportation hearings.
The Times reported that 262 immigrants pleaded guilty within a week. They were given prison time for knowingly using fake documents to obtain work.
However, Camayd-Freixas observed that these people could not have “knowingly” committed crimes. The immigrants were not even aware that they were in a criminal court.
These latest events underscore the importance of proper representation for foreign nationals.
The Iowa cases exemplify the current climate in the judicial system as pertains to immigrants.
As we have stated before in posts on our blog, “Now, more than ever, it is a very good idea to know a qualified immigration lawyer.”