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December 10, 2018

Feds Say Kids Don't Need Lawyers in Immigration Court
By Nicholas Iovino

The Justice Department lawyer insisted the immigration system is fair because immigration judges are trained to thoroughly probe the record, inform minors of their rights, and grant continuances when necessary to provide more time to find an attorney. But having a lawyer makes a big difference, especially for unaccompanied minors, according data compiled by Syracuse University. As of 2014, 73 percent of unaccompanied minors with attorneys were allowed to stay in the United States compared with 15 percent of those without representation.

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