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June 25, 2015

Obama Administration Promises To Ramp Down The Detention Of Migrant Moms and Kids
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Because immigrants are not entitled to legal representatives, about 43 percent of immigration proceedings occur without a lawyer annually, a Study Group on Immigrant Representation report found. Another study published by the same group found that “people facing deportation in New York immigration courts with a lawyer are 500 percent as likely to win their cases as those without representation.” Nationally, immigrants with legal representation are more likely to stay in the country, and are also more likely to show up to court. And surveying a decade’s worth of court reports, a Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse report “found that whether or not an unaccompanied juvenile had an attorney was the single most important factor influencing the case’s outcome.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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