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PBS Newshour Weekend
October 19, 2019

ICE detainees held in rural areas, far from legal assistance
By Joanne Elgart Jennings

Tucked inside a federal correctional complex is the nondescript Oakdale Immigration Court. It handles all cases for migrants detained at Pine Prairie. Lopez is here to present Hernandez's asylum case. He's hopeful, but he knows the odds are not in his client's favor. Our judges have a very low approval rate for relief for asylum in particular. And um, we just don't see a lot of wins unfortunately. From 2013 to 2018, judges at this court denied asylum nearly 90 percent of the time..... [figures from TRAC judge-by-judge reports].

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