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Cambridge University Press on behalf of the American Bar Association, Law & Social Inquiry
April 3, 2023

Legibility and Burden: Representing Immigrants’ Winnable Claims to Humanitarian Status.
By Lilly Yu

Future scholarship on the representation effect could examine the relationship between case outcomes and variation in legal representation decisions. My findings complicate the positive relationship between representation and legal status by highlighting how attorneys screen out the “unwinnable” or “hard-to-win” cases well before an application for status is made. Unlike removal defense cases, most filed affirmative humanitarian cases have legal representation: in recent years, over 90 percent of U visa applications and affirmative asylum applications have an attorney involved (US Citizenship and Immigration Services 2020; Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse 2021)......[citing TRAC data and research].

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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