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  Legal and Scholarly
May 19, 2019

How Legal Aid Groups Built An Army To Help Migrant Kids
By Nicole Narea

Last year, children as young as toddlers made headlines when they appeared alone in immigration court to explain to judges why they should be allowed to remain in the U.S. Scholars have found that having an attorney improves odds in removal proceedings: Immigrants with representation achieve a positive outcome in 21% of their cases, more than 10 times the rate of pro se respondents, according to a 2015 study published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Nevertheless, about three out of four children whose immigration cases began in fiscal year 2017 did not have an attorney, according to the most recently available data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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