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The Wall Street Journal
July 28, 2014

Migrant Cases' Fast Track Stirs Alarm
By Miriam Jordan

In the nation's immigration courts, individuals seized at the border aren't guaranteed access to a lawyer. But judges often delay cases involving children to give them time to find lawyers, who are sometimes provided by legal-aid groups. Those who enter the U.S. illegally have a significantly better chance of winning the right to stay if they have a lawyer, according to a recent analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a project at Syracuse University. Nearly half of all minors represented by lawyers in immigration court in the past decade eventually won permission to remain in the U.S. Nine out of 10 without legal representation were returned to their countries, the analysis showed.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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