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  Legal and Scholarly
July 21, 2014

The Border Children---They are Not Criminals and They Need Counsel by Geoffrey A. Hoffman
By Geoffrey A. Hoffman

A Syracuse University study recently reported the latest statistics concerning children facing removal proceedings. (The report is available online here: http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/359/). This report presents crucial information missing from the debate thus far. According to the report, the outcome if an attorney is present is as follows: "In almost half (47%) of the cases in which the child was represented, the court allowed the child to remain in the United States." If the child had no attorney the following outcome resulted: "Where the child appeared alone without representation, nine out of ten children were ordered deported 77 percent through the entry of a removal order, and 13 percent with a VD order. One in ten (10%) were allowed to remain in the country." From these recent statistics tracking approximately 100,000 cases, the conclusion is clear: with representation the chances are about 50/50 a child may be able to obtain relief. Without an attorney, their chances drop to 1 in 10.

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