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Progressive Pulse
July 16, 2014

Lawyers are game changers for immigrant children
By Sharon McCloskey

Numbers released yesterday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University show as expected that represented children fare much better. Among the conclusions in that report: Children were not represented about half of the time (48%) they appeared in Immigration Court, although there is wide variation by state and hearing location. Outcome if attorney present. In almost half (47%) of the cases in which the child was represented, the court allowed the child to remain in the United States. The child was ordered removed in slightly more than one in four (28%) of these cases. And in the remaining quarter (26%) the judge entered a “voluntary departure” (VD) order. (While with a VD order the child is required to leave the country, the child avoids many of the more severe legal consequences of a removal order.) Outcome if no attorney. Where the child appeared alone without representation, nine out of ten children were ordered deported — 77 percent through the entry of a removal order, and 13 percent with a VD order. One in ten (10%) were allowed to remain in the country.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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