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August 17, 2017

Dallas-Based Law Firm Empowers and Educates Immigrants To Help Them Stay In America
By Rachel Wolfson, Contributor

Over the years, cooperation between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has facilitated increased detentions of immigrants. For immigrants who are detained and not immediately deported, they typically have long-standing roots in the U.S., others are newly-arrived immigrants who are fleeing unspeakable violence. Many of the immigrants placed in removal proceedings are not represented by an attorney, which will greatly diminish the probability of avoiding deportation. Robert: The increase in removals in Dallas is part of a national trend. The push for mass deportation has been building for several years, but the current rapid increase in immigration enforcement is driven by several strong political factors. In Dallas, as in much of the country, one factor is the cultural clash between our countries rapid demographic diversification and a growing movement to maintain a less diverse status quo. Political pressure has caused many local law enforcement agencies to work more closely with ICE, despite the burdens such cooperation causes. A second factor in the increased rate of removals in Dallas, is that Dallas is home to one of the harshest immigration courts in the country. With asylum denials at about 90 percent, according to the University of Syracuse Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the Dallas immigration court is one of the strictest in the country.

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