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February 25, 2019

Kate Morrissey:New hurdle for asylum-seekers

Not having an attorney can make a big difference in the outcome of an immigration court case. Between October 2000 and November 2018, about 82 per cent of people in immigration court who didnít have attorneys were ordered to be deported or gave up on their cases and left voluntarily, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University. In contrast, of those who had lawyers, only 31 per cent had the same outcomes. In that same time period, about 53 per cent of those facing immigration court did not have attorneys, according to that same data. Among those held in immigration detention centers, which also present logistical challenges for attorneys trying to represent clients inside, 82 per cent did not have lawyers for their cases, according to the clearinghouse. Among those detained and released while their cases were still pending, 28 per cent were unrepresented, and for those who had never been held in detention, about 41 per cent didnít have attorneys on their cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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