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October 31, 2018

Awakening to injustice: a church goes on a pilgrimage to follow immigrantsí journey from undocumented to detained
By Laura Cadena

After the orientation, the group boarded a pair of white buses. At the first stop at the Immigration Court, Cynthia Aziz, an immigration attorney, described challenges facing immigrants in the Charlotte area. Until 8 or 9 years ago, she had to travel to Atlanta for her clientsí hearings on immigration cases. Today, the four immigration judges in Charlotte appointed by the U.S. attorney general hear nearly 8,000 cases a year. According to Aziz, the Charlotte court has earned a reputation as one of the toughest in which to win an asylum case. Itís one of the courts with the highest rate of deportation orders. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) estimates that the Charlotte Immigration Court will hit a 10-year high with almost 5,000 deportations in 2018. Through May, 293 deportees were children.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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