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January 26, 2021

Biden made sweeping changes to immigration enforcement, but change comes slowly in Louisiana
By Matt Sledge

Judges at the Oakdale Immigration Court grant asylum in 6.4% of cases compared to a national average of 46%, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Completing the circle, ICE uses the Alexandria airport 42 miles away as a major staging ground for deportations. The number of immigrants in detention dropped during the coronavirus pandemic as ICE complied with court orders to release vulnerable detainees. However, lawyers who represent detainees in Louisiana said they havenít seen any additional dips since Bidenís Jan. 20 inauguration.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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