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April 10, 2020

Early Arrival: COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc in Central Queens
By Mazin Sidahmed and Max Siegelbaum

Many rural counties have higher rates of residents in removal proceedings than urban counties, a new data analysis from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Of the top 100 U.S. counties with the highest rates of residents in removal proceedings, nearly six in ten are rural. In those communities, residents facing deportation might find themselves in “legal deserts” where qualified immigration attorneys are harder to find. “In these rural counties, residents may have a heightened sense that immigration enforcement is impacting their community. This, in fact, would be an entirely rational perception since the odds are indeed greater,” TRAC wrote in the report.

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