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The Baltimore Sun
August 20, 2014

Immigration court speeds review of cases involving children
By John Fritze

Legal groups and immigration experts say the number of lawyers available to represent undocumented children in Maryland and elsewhere is woefully inadequate to meet the demand, particularly for those who cannot afford to hire a private attorney. As a result, in Maryland and nationwide, nearly 60 percent of minors facing deportation arrive in court without a lawyer at their side, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The backlog of immigration cases in Maryland is not as bad as in courts in other parts of the country. The average immigration case in Maryland took 487 days to complete, compared with 520 days nationwide, according to TRAC data.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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