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Human Rights First
February 26, 2016

Press Release: House Members Introduce Bill to Provide Lawyers for Children, Vulnerable Individuals

According to government data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, less than half of unaccompanied immigrant children are represented by a lawyer. Those who are unrepresented are ordered deported 90 percent of the time, while those with a lawyer are five times more likely to be granted relief by an immigration judge. A May 2014 study found that the efficiencies created through increased legal representation in court proceedings and reduced detention time would mitigate the costs of providing legal representation to indigent immigrants.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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