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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
June 14, 2023

High-Stakes Asylum

According to a January 2022 TRAC report, seven months into the Dedicated Docket initiative, only 15.5% of asylum seekers on the Dedicated Docket had counsel to represent them in their proceedings.13 A total of 1,557 asylum seekers on the Dedicated Docket have received removal orders. Of these, only 75—just 4.7%—had representation. A separate study by the Immigrants’ Rights Policy Clinic at UCLA Law, found 70.1% of those on the Dedicated Docket in Los Angeles do not have attorneys.14 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 removal.

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