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January 19, 2021

Immigration Activists Prepare to Fight a "Timid" Biden After He Walks Back Key Promise
By Maurizio Guerrero

The new Biden administration immigration platform does offer ​“alternatives” to the current system of detaining migrants — which makes sense, considering that most people in deportation proceedings show up to their court hearings. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research center at Syracuse University, migrant families with legal representation have a 99% court appearance rate. Advocates are pushing for more, however, with the demand to end migrant detention entirely. They call for the federal government to end its detention contracts with private corporations and local jails, as well as its contracts for surveillance and facial recognition technologies used to target migrants.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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