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April 5, 2019

Honduran Asylum-Seeker Sees Links Between U.S. Policy and His 'Ungovernable' Homeland
By Tyche Hendricks

After an interview with a Customs and Border Protection agent, Arzú was returned to Tijuana to await his immigration court date in San Diego because of the Trump Administration’s new Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly known as the “remain in Mexico” policy, for asylum seekers. Arzú said he keeps telephoning the U.S. legal aid groups on a list provided by border officials, but he hasn’t found anyone to help him with his case. More than 80 percent of asylum seekers without legal representation lose their cases, while more than half of those with a lawyer win asylum, according to data analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Friday morning, Arzú will return to the border crossing and officials will drive him to the federal immigration courthouse in San Diego where he’ll try to make his case to a judge.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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