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The Wall Street Journal
January 31, 2020

Fewer Asylum Seekers Have Lawyers Under Trump Administration Policy
By Alejandro Lazo

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico—People seeking asylum in the U.S. are less likely to have legal representation under a Trump administration policy that sends them to await court hearings in Mexican border cities, recently released research shows. Under the policy, known as “Remain in Mexico,” immigration lawyers say their work is complicated by the need to work in high-crime border cities and the difficulty of staying in touch with clients who don’t have a stable place to live or consistent contact information. Among immigrants issued initial immigration-court notices between January and November of last year, about 4% of people under Remain in Mexico had attorneys, compared with 32% of those in immigration court who live in the U.S., according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, a research organization that tracks such data.

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