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Houston Chronicle
February 9, 2020

Seventeen days with families seeking asylum on the border: Now is the time to break the cycle of violence [Opinion]
By Tracy L. Barnett

And what will happen to Estela and her friends if their families are denied asylum — which, under the current system, is likely? Just 187 of the 59,241 — or fewer than three-tenths of 1 percent — of the asylum seekers sent back under the year-old MPP program had been approved as of the end of December, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Before passage of the MPP, most of these families would have awaited their hearings in relatives’ homes in the U.S. We know that nearly all would have followed the legal process meticulously. According to TRAC, 9 out of 10 asylum seekers on the U.S. side attend 100 percent of their hearings. Among those with legal representation, it’s 99 percent.

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