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February 23, 2024

NY Must Address Urgent Need For Immigration Legal Aid
By Marielena Hincapié and Stephen Yale-Loehr

As of January 2024, more than half of all people in New York immigration courts were unrepresented Multiple studies point to the benefits of universal representation. Immigrants in detention are up to 10 times more likely to secure their right to stay in the U.S. when supported by legal counsel, according to a 2015 study published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Similarly, for nondetained individuals, having legal representation significantly boosts the chances of a favorable outcome to 60% — a stark contrast to the 17% success rate in cases without the help of immigration attorneys.[Citing TRAC data and reports].

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