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The San Diego Union-Tribune
February 24, 2020

Protecting the most vulnerable: What it takes to make a case under the US asylum system
By Kate Morrissey

With all of the changes that the Department of Justice has made to the asylum system over the past three years, having legal help navigating the process is more important than ever, attorneys say. Out of the 35,465 people in “Remain in Mexico” whose cases have finished, 263 have won asylum, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. That’s less than 1 percent, far lower than normal grant rates. About 58 percent of those granted asylum had attorneys. Even with an attorney, an asylum seeker’s chances of winning can vary from judge to judge and court to court.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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