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March 14, 2018

6 Facts About Alleged “Loopholes” in the U.S. Immigration Process
By Maureen Meyer and Elyssa Pachico

According to an analysis by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), in 2015 the overall appearance rate of individuals, including asylum seekers, who had been released from ICE custody was 77 percent. TRAC analysis also showed while almost all families and children that had legal representation showed up for their immigration hearings, those who lacked legal aid were less likely to show up for their court date. Reports have also shown that applicants for asylum can fail to show up in court for a wide range of reasons. They may have received inadequate information from U.S. officials after being released from detention. Many asylum seekers report never receiving notice of their appointment. This is because migrants must frequently resettle within the United States in order to live with supportive networks of friends and family. Yet there are documented cases of asylum seekers who have notified immigration authorities of their change of address but never receive notice of their court date.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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