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The Dallas Morning News
February 26, 2020

‘I am the frontline:’ Lawyers from big firms are wading into border chaos to help asylum-seekers
By Dianne Solis

So far, more than 61,100 asylum-seekers have been forced to wait across the border for their cases to be heard. As of January, about 5 percent had legal representation. About one third of asylum seekers awaiting the outcome of their cases in the U.S. have attorneys, according to the nonprofit Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a written statement that they are “unaware of any issues preventing aliens under MPP from receiving legal assistance.” Attorneys, as long as they have legal travel documents, have nothing preventing them from meeting clients in Mexico, the spokesman said.

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