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Carolina Public Press
October 31, 2016

Immigrants seeking asylum face dim hopes in Carolina court
By Michael Gebelein

Immigrant women and children seeking asylum through Charlotte’s immigration court are ordered to be deported at a much higher rate than the national average, according to a new report published in October by the Syracuse University TRAC Immigration Project. For those without an attorney, the situation is totally hopeless. Of the immigrants who have appeared before the court without legal representation since 2014, 100 percent have been deported. TRAC analyzed more than 38,000 immigration cases nationally since 2014 and found that cases involving adults with children were scheduled more quickly than other cases following a directive from President Barack Obama’s administration “in response to the sudden influx of these families that began during the summer of 2014.” This practice, called the “rocket docket,” has been criticized by national immigration law experts and attorneys as a possible violation of due process because the speed with which cases are decided doesn’t give the immigrants an opportunity to present their cases or access legal representation. Some cases are decided without the immigrant even being present for their hearing.

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