Title 42 was lifted last week and KGUN 9 is looking into what happens after asylum seekers get their court dates.
The grassroots non-profit, Keep Tucson Together, works to stop deportations and is preparing for the chance of an influx in clients.
When someone is arrested, theyre read their Miranda Rights and are told if they cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for them.
But for people being processed in the immigration court system, the Federal Government is not required to give them one.
We tell them that’s not the case in immigration court, that if they cannot afford an attorney, you either have to do all by yourself, look for organizations, clinics that will give you a little guidance, or pay thousands of dollars to have someone represent you in court, said Raymundo Montes, an administrator for Keep Tucson Together.
The legal aid office is filled with file upon file.
They work with organizations like Casa Alitas and Tucsons International Committee when or if they see an increase in people needing help after the end of Title 42.
Montes said they havent seen an influx yet, but theyre prepared if there is one.
Who knows, by tomorrow there could be a giant wave that seems, and we are preparing for it, said Montes.
Since 2011, the organization has helped thousands of people in active immigration court cases, a process that they say isnt so black and white.
The frustrations– immigration law is a very- it’s a grayed-out law. There’s not a set stone, you can have the same case go to three different judges and all three different judges will have a different view, said Montes.
Seeing the many ways a case could go, Montes said he hopes Congress will update immigration policies that affect the people they help.
We always hope that Congress will get their act together and pass a more formal immigration reform or even clarify some of the laws that way we can make it easier and not be this giant gray section, said Montes.