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Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
May 19, 2019

For Immigrants In Wisconsin Who Face Deportation, Legal Representation Is Decisive
By Natalie Yahr

Analyzing data compiled by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, Wisconsin Watch found that of Wisconsin residents whose cases began between 2010 and 2015, those who had lawyers were more than six times as likely to be allowed to stay in the country as those without. Nearly 55% of those with lawyers were allowed to stay compared to 9% of immigrants without lawyers. Nationally, the picture is similar: Immigrants without lawyers had an average success rate of less than 8%. Cases that began since 2015 were omitted from the analysis because so many of them have not yet been decided.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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