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WUNC 91.5
June 6, 2018

For this mother and daughter, separated a year ago at the southern border, Trump's ‘zero-tolerance’ policy isn’t new
By Ashley Cleek and Barbara P. Fernandez

Government officials, including Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, have said that immigrants with “credible fear” will be given the chance to seek asylum. But asylum can be almost impossible to get for women in detention who don’t have legal representation. According to a 2015 study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, only 1.5 percent of women who sought asylum without a lawyer won their cases and were allowed to stay. Which judge hears the case can make all the difference. The judge who processed Magdalena’s claim in El Paso has a 94.6 percent rejection rate, according to government data collected by TRAC.

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