In Two out of Three Pending Cases, Unaccompanied Children Have No Representation in Immigration Court
(25 Nov 2014) Unaccompanied children are represented by an attorney in only about one-third (32%) of 63,721 cases pending in Immigration Court as of October 31, 2014, according to the latest data obtained and analyzed by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). For cases decided since the surge in unaccompanied children began in FY 2012, nearly three out of four (73%) of these children represented by an attorney in Immigration Court were allowed to remain in the U.S. In contrast, only 15 percent who had no representation were allowed to remain in the country.

Half of all pending cases involving unaccompanied children were being handled in just six out of more than 50 Immigration Courts. Among these, New York City had the most cases (7,865, nearly one of eight) followed by Houston (5,964), Arlington, VA (5,178), Los Angeles (4,920), Baltimore (3,949) and San Francisco (3,698). Representation rates for these courts varied from a low of 19 percent in Arlington, VA to a high of 43 percent in New York City.

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