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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 17, 2014

Nearly half of children facing deportation donít have attorneys
By Jeremy Redmon


Nearly half of all children who have appeared in federal immigration courts for deportation proceedings over the past decade were not represented by attorneys, and only one out of every 10 of them was ultimately allowed to stay in the U.S., a new report shows. In contrast, half of those represented by a lawyer were allowed to remain here, according to the report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization at Syracuse University. TRAC based its findings on federal records of 101,850 deportation cases involving children from October 2004 to June of this year. TRAC released the report this week amid a growing surge of Central American children who are illegally crossing the southwest border. After apprehending them, the federal government is placing some in the care of relatives in Georgia and other states while they undergo deportation proceedings that can last months or even years because of court backlogs.


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