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January 31, 2024

A Shortage of Immigration Lawyers Is Another Barrier to Integration for Immigrants
By Adriel Orozco

Immigrants are now far more likely to face the complexities of the immigration court system alone, without an attorney. As of December 2023, only 30% of immigrants with pending cases have secured representation, down from 65% just four years ago. This new data comes from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). On January 24, TRAC published data showing that representation rates at U.S. immigration courts have decreased significantly. These trends highlight concerns about migrants’ ability to obtain an attorney to navigate our immigration system.

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