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August 23, 2021

Pritzker signs bill allowing Cook County public defenderís office to handle deportation cases
By Carlos Ballesteros

Unlike defendants in criminal court, immigrants in deportation proceedings donít have the right to government-appointed counsels, and research shows that many of them canít afford a private attorney. Last fiscal year, nearly 70% of the more than 10,000 immigrants with deportation cases at the Chicago Immigration Court lacked a lawyer, according to federal data compiled by Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. An immigration attorney can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of a deportation case. Recent studies that looked at data from immigration courts in Chicago and New York found that immigrants with attorneys were five to 10 times more likely to avoid deportation than those without legal representation.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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