This is unfortunate. You should have him ask for a continuance. The detained judge may give you a hard time, but ask for the list of free legal services for him. You should contact NIJC, that is the National Immigration Justice Center of the Heartland Alliance. Also, the Legal Assistance Foundation has attorneys. Finally, another organization is the Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Just go to the intakes on Tuesday and see what can be done. Another attorney who you may want to contact is Evelyn Marsh. However, when you go to the Immigration Court at 101 W. Congress, you may have trouble getting into the basement. That is where the Immigration Court for detained aliens is located.
I am sorry that I cannot be of further assistance. It costs too much to practice law and pro bono work needs to be limited, since too many hours often go into representing the clients who can afford to pay a fee. Good luck.
The above is general information and does not create an attorney-client relationship.
If your friend has not been served with an NTA, and the court he is going to is Immigration Court, the government has a big problem. The only way the Immigration Court has jurisdiction is if an NTA has been filed with it. One of the first things an Immigration Judge wants to know is if the NTA was properly served. Get an experienced immigration lawyer for your friend right away.
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