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Immigration prosecutors have taken to committing questionable practices behind closed doors, pressing detained immigrants with no legal status to sign away their rights. These plea bargains often times have a negative effect and dramatically decrease individuals’ opportunity to request asylum or protection from persecution, often times resulting in individuals’ deportation. The Intercept took a deeper look into these shady plea bargains. NIJC attorney Claudia Valenzuela spoke with the publication calling the provisions “alarming,” especially since some defendants might not realize they could qualify for relief. She said, “some of our LGBT clients who don’t realize that being beaten or harmed is basis for seeking asylum. They’ve been harmed all their lives in different ways. They don’t realize that this would be a claim."  Read the full story