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Williams Business Review
February 26, 2019

Asylum seekers sent back to Mexico under Trump policy face another challenge ó finding a lawyer
By Lisa Stevens

Between October 2000 and November 2018, about 82 percent of people in immigration court who didnít have attorneys were either ordered deported or gave up on their cases and left voluntarily, according to from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University. In contrast, 31 percent of those with lawyers had the same outcomes. Many dealing with the immigration system struggle to find attorneys. In that same time period, about 53 percent of those facing immigration court did not have attorneys, according to that same . Among those held in immigration detention centers, which also present logistical challenges for attorneys trying to represent clients inside, 82 percent did not have lawyers for their cases. Among those who were detained and then released while their cases were still pending, 28 percent were unrepresented, and for those who had never been held in detention, about 41 percent didnít have attorneys on their cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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