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March 11, 2017

130 miles from Austin, immigration court decides fate of thousands
By Philip Jankowski

Immigrants who go before the court arenít guaranteed a lawyer, unlike citizens and immigrants in criminal court. Yang, a staff attorney for American Gateways, said she believes a large majority of people who come before the court arenít represented by lawyers. Aggregate data arenít available, but research from a Syracuse University group suggests that Yang is correct. In October, the universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse released a report analyzing 38,000 cases on the immigration courtsí ďrocket docketĒ for adults with children and found that 70 percent appeared before the court without an attorney to represent them.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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