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January 13, 2022

Data Shows Few' Dedicated Docket' Immigrants With Lawyers
By Grace Dixon

A Syracuse University research organization reported Thursday that only 15.5% of asylum-seekers whose cases have been fast-tracked have secured attorneys, a significantly lower number than asylum cases heard outside the "dedicated docket"process.Representation rates for asylum cases added to the dedicated dockets remained relatively low across the seven months since the Biden administration introduced them in an attempt to speed up decisions in immigration cases for families arriving at ports of entry on the southwest border,according to a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced at the program's outset that judges would work to issue decisions within less than a year following initial hearings while "allowing time for families to seek representation." But TRAC's analysis of immigration court records seemed to show how immigration advocates' concerns come to life: 61,064 asylum-seekers facing immigration court without attorneys."There is still a significant gap between the current representation rates for asylum-seekers on the Dedicated Docket even those whose cases began at least six months ago and the overall representation rates for asylum-seekers whose cases were decided during this period," TRAC said

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