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The New York Tmes
May 13, 2016

U.S. Will Step Up Deportations, Focusing on Central Americans
By Julia Preston


Many women and children said they were running from murderous violence by gangs, especially in El Salvador and Honduras, where criminal organizations control city barrios and have expanded their reach into rural villages. The families applied for asylum, but the vast majority 86 percent, according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a group that studies federal data went to court without lawyers. Court records show that asylum seekers have a very low chance of success without lawyers. In some cases, advocates succeeded in stopping deportations at the last minute by providing legal counsel to the families.


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