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June 19, 2018

Study Finds 54 Percent Of Connecticut Immigration Court Cases Legally Represented
By Paolo Zialcita

Amid a heated debate about immigration on the Mexican border, immigration attorneys say there’s a much wider crisis in legal representation across the country. An ongoing study by Syracuse University tracks information about immigration court cases throughout the country. Aleksandr Troyb, chair of Connecticut’s chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, found the statistics on representation alarming. “Of all cases in the Hartford immigration court, only 54 percent of people were represented. And if you just segregate the data for people that are detained, that number plummets to just 24 percent,” Troyb said. “So that basically says to you that anyone who is in detention who has been detained by immigration is overwhelmingly unlikely to have an attorney representing them in immigration court.”

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