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Legal resources scarce for immigration detainees

by Steven Cuevas, The California Report | Take Two®

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An immigrant detainee looks from his 'segregation cell' at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. John Moore/Getty Images

Next to tax law, immigration law is arguably the most complex realm of our legal system. Yet very few people being held in immigration detention have a lawyer, usually because they can't afford one.

Detainees do have access to a range of legal resources while in custody. But critics say it's not nearly enough to mount a reasonable defense against deportation. The California Report's Steven Cuevas looked into it.

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