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Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2014

Children Fare Better in U.S. Immigrant Courts if They Have an Attorney
By Laura Meckler and Ana Campoy

Children who enter the U.S. illegally have a significantly better chance of gaining the right to stay if they have a lawyer by their side in immigration court, according to a new analysis that underscores the challenges Congress faces as it considers speeding up deportations. Nearly half of all minors represented by lawyers in immigration court in the past decade eventually won permission to remain. But nine out of 10 without legal representation were sent back to their home countries, according to the report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a project at Syracuse University that gathers and analyzes federal data.

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