LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report shows about 150,000 immigrant detainees were deported between 2003 and 2010 without having the opportunity to consult with a lawyer and many of those detainees didn't see a judge.
The report issued Thursday by the National Immigration Law Center and two law professors examines how the immigrants left the country under a program known as stipulated removal.
The report's authors fear immigrant detainees aren't being given due process under the program, which lets them leave the country quickly but bars them from returning legally. The report based on government documents says immigration agents often misinformed detainees about the program.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the program is voluntary and the paperwork for stipulated removal is signed by an immigration judge.