Friday, March 20, 2015
Here are statistics on initial case completions for persons represented by counsel (page F1):
FY 2010 40% 215,280 total cases
FY 2011 42% 209,277
FY 2012 50% 188,219
FY 2013 59% 173,161
FY 2014 55% 167,774
The Immigration & Nationality Act does not guarantee counsel for noncitizens in removal proceedings, even for lawful permanent residents.
I am not sure what explains the increasing percentage of noncitizens who are represented over the five years. The initial case completions have dropped by about 25% over that period, which may mean that the same number of lawyers had fewer cases (thus increasing the number of cases in which noncitizens were represented).