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September 20, 2016

In New York City, lawyers make all the difference for immigrant detainees facing deportation
By Tiziana Rinaldi

This year, deportation orders issued at the Varick Street Immigration Court in Manhattan are projected to be at their lowest level since 2013. In 2012, 1,202 people were ordered removed from the US at that courthouse, according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. This year? Just 535. The steady decline in deportations is partially credited to a project thatís the first of its kind in the nation. In 2013, the New York Immigrant Family Unit Program began to provide publicly funded, universal representation to poor detainees in removal proceedings. The initiative ensures that anyone in immigration detention whose case is heard at the immigration court on Varick Street has access to a highly qualified immigration attorney.

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