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National Catholic Reporter
May 7, 2015

Court: The next step for Central American minors living illegally in the US
By Tara García Mathewson

Only 30 percent of unaccompanied minors have representation in immigration court. According to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, a slightly higher percentage of children who came from Central America during the surge -- 41 percent -- had an attorney on their side. And it makes a difference. TRAC looked at case outcomes from 2012, 2013 and 2014. When a child had legal representation, 75 percent of cases closed in favor of that child. Without an attorney, just 15 percent of kids were allowed to stay in the United States.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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