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American Immigration Lawyers Association and American Immigration Council
December 5, 2022

Policy Brief: Timing Considerations for Effective Representation in Asylum Cases

According to a January 2022 TRAC report, seven months into the Dedicated Docket initiative, only 15.5% of asylum seekers had counsel to represent them in their proceedings, compared to 91.1% of asylum seekers whose cases were decided over the same period, but who were not in fast-tracked proceedings. EOIR statistics from October 2022 state that represented cases make up 56% of pending dedicated docket cases. A total of 1,557 asylum seekers on the Dedicated Docket have received deportation orders. Of these, only 75 – just 4.7 percent – had representation. By contrast, since the start of the Dedicated Docket program just 13 people—all represented—have been granted asylum or another form of lawful relief from deportation.

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