Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez have taken an extraordinary position in advising against hiring an attorney. This statement is ill advised, irresponsible, and harmful.
Immigration law is extraordinarily complex. With “only a small degree of hyperbole, the immigration laws have been termed ‘second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity’.” E. Hull, Without Justice For All 107 (1985); Castro-O’Ryan v. U.S. Dept. of Immigration and Naturalization, 847 F.2d 1307 (9th Cir. 1988). The Ninth Circuit described immigration law as a “labyrinth almost as impenetrable as the Internal Revenue Code.” Escobar-Grijalva v. I.N.S., 206 F.3d 1331, 1334 (9th Cir.2000).
For Senator Durbin and Congressman Gutierrez to state that the childhood arrivals (Dreamers) can file and qualify without an attorney shows that both either do not understand the issues or are misguided in their attempt to protect vulnerable immigration population.