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December 26, 2016

Meet the Central American Women the United States is Detaining and Deporting
By Emily Gogolak

In the US criminal justice system, if you are charged with a crime, you have the right to government-appointed counsel; and if you are convicted and sentenced, you have the right to know the term of your incarceration. But immigration detention isnít criminal incarceration; itís civil. If you are a noncitizen, unless you have a serious mental disability, you do not have the right to appointed counsel, though the government always has an attorney. Nor do you know how long youíre going to be in custody. According to statistics released last year by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data-gathering center at Syracuse University, a woman with children is 14 times less likely to be ordered deported if she is represented.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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