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National Catholic Reporter
December 21, 2018

Legal representation for detained migrants hindered by access issues
By Maria Benevento

The government doesn't provide attorneys in immigration court because deportation is considered a civil rather than criminal penalty, even though for some migrants it can mean being returned to a country where they are at risk of persecution. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which analyses government data, found in late 2017 that representation can make a five-fold difference in positive outcomes for asylum cases and reported that overall representation rates for detained immigrants were around 30 percent compared to around 70 percent for those never detained.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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