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January 9, 2020

“Catch and Release” Exposed as the GOP’s Big Lie on Asylum: 99% of Asylum-Seekers Show Up for Hearings
By Frank Sharry

The independent and highly-reputable TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) just released a new report — based on the government’s own data — that finds 99% of asylum-seekers who were released into America to pursue their cases attended all of their immigration court hearings. The finding eviscerates the GOP’s Big Lie. They call it “catch and release” — a fishing term intended to dehumanize asylum-seekers and paint them as people who abuse the system. Contrary to their repeated claims, asylum-seekers released to their families in America do not abscond, they show up.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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