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August 20, 2021

Border by numbers: all Border Patrol sectors aren't equal
By Christopher Conover

Many of the people crossing the border are asylum seekers. The federal government does not maintain a database of asylum seekers. Seeking asylum is a complicated process that often takes years for a final ruling. And not everyone who makes an asylum request is successful. "About 30% of asylum claims that are made in that fashion and decided by an immigration judge in court are actually successful in the end," said Austin Kocher with Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. Asylum-seeking families, while they are initially being processed, are not held in detention facilities. Instead, they are sent to hotels contracted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or to facilities run by charities. In Tucson, most of the families go to Casa Alitas run by Catholic Community Services.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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