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May 8, 2015

Why did this undocumented mom spend more than four years in detention?
By Christie Thompson

According to statistics compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data analysis organization at Syracuse University, immigration judges at Eloy denied 95 percent of asylum requests from 2009 to 2014. The judge who heard her case, Judge Irene Feldman, also saw a disproportionate number of immigrants representing themselves, which TRAC analysts said could contribute to high rejection rates. Over three-quarters of the asylum cases she ruled on from 2009 to 2014 involved immigrants without legal representation, compared to roughly 15 percent nationwide.

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