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Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2015

Honduran teen, who entered U.S. as unaccompanied child, awaits word on fate
By Colleen Mastony

Chicago's immigration court, in particular, boasts the second-highest wait times in the country, according to a September analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Nearly 17,000 immigration cases are pending in Chicago; the typical case here is already 2 1/2 years old and, on average, isn't expected to reach a conclusion until late in 2017. So clogged is the Chicago court, that some cases aren't being scheduled for hearings until the summer of 2020, according to the TRAC analysis. A 2014 TRAC/Syracuse University study of 10 years of government data also found that unaccompanied children represented by an attorney were allowed to stay in nearly 50 percent of cases, compared to just 10 percent of those without representation.

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