Immigrants arrive in the United States from diverse corners of the earth, bringing equally diverse experiences, hopes, and dreams. But all, or nearly all, undocumented immigrants share in emotional turmoil derived from the threat and fear of deportation. The impact of deportation on individuals and their families is well documented by those who work closely with targeted immigrants. Uncertainty and anxiety mark the lives of children and other family members. But how much do courts take into account the cultural and familial contexts that give shape to the lives of undocumented immigrants targeted for deportation? What do they know of the conditions of the defendants’ country of origin? And if they don’t know, how can they be made aware?
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