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August 11, 2019

"Leave me in a cell": The desperate pleas of asylum seekers inside El Paso's immigration court
By Camilo Montoya-Galvez

In the waiting room, filled with several maroon-colored chairs, the adult migrants and their children eagerly and quickly eat their lunch a selection of snacks from the building's vending machines as about a dozen guards stand watch. Unlike the migrant children in the morning hearings, who are represented by attorneys from the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, most families and single adults in the MPP docket do not have counsel. According to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse center, only 1.3% of the nearly 13,000 migrants in the "Remain in Mexico" program had legal representation as of June.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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