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November 8, 2017

Immigration lawyer Angie Williams gives legal help to asylum seekers — and a kidney to husband Francisco Ortiz
By Traci Angel

Denials of asylum by immigration judges continued to rise last year, according to a report published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, an independent database that gathers statistics on issues of justice and law enforcement. “As of the end of September 2016, overall asylum denial rates for [fiscal year] 2016 had risen to 57 percent.” For asylum seekers without a lawyer, the chances of being sent away increased dramatically. Last year, the same report notes, "immigration judges denied 4,515 unrepresented asylum seekers' claims 90 percent of the time. ... In contrast, if represented, the odds of denial last year was 48 percent.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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