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The Chicago Tribune
February 27, 2018

Honduran teen makes last bid in Chicago immigration court to stay in U.S.
By Elvia Malagon

While her case initially landed in immigration court, Maryori made her first formal request for asylum through the office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Those seeking asylum have to establish past persecution or a fear of future persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. In August 2015, the asylum office determined Maryori had not met that criteria, offering no explanation, and sent the case back to immigration court, where itís now pending. It's not unusual for immigration cases to take years to be processed. In Chicago, cases like Maryori's jumped from 349 days in fiscal year 2016 to 545 days as of December 2017, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which compiles immigration data across the country.

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