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Chicago Reader
April 22, 2020

Coronavirus leaves immigrants trapped in a byzantine court system
By Stephen Franklin, Catherine Kim, Areeba Shah, Shreya Bansal, LaTesha Harris, Wanying Zhao and Kari Lydersen

Nearly three-fourths of immigrants who came to the nation's immigration courts without lawyers between 2001 and 2020 were ordered to be deported, according to figures compiled by the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC) database at Syracuse University. But only 20 percent of those with lawyers were deported. Immigrants in Illinois with lawyers were deported in only 14 percent of the cases over those years.

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