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The Daily Progress
September 28, 2014

Opinion/Editorial: Lawyers needed for immigrant children

Children with lawyers fare much better than those without. Among cases already heard, half of the children who had attorneys were allowed to remain in the country, reports The Associated Press. Through June, the rate for children not so represented was only 10 percent, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Now the problem is a lack of trained lawyers to represent the children. A call has gone out to recruit private attorneys to assist with the backload, and many have responded. But creating further delay they must be trained in dealing with traumatized children. They also must be trained on the complex, sometimes arcane twists of U.S. immigration law.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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