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Undocumented minors without lawyers don't stand much of a chance
Undocumented minors without lawyers don't stand much of a chance

What a difference a lawyer makes. According to a new analysis of nearly 102,000 cases of detained undocumented, unaccompanied minors going back a decade and through the end of June, fewer than half had legal help during the immigration hearing on whether they met the criteria to be allowed to stay in the United States (more on that criteria in a moment). Of those who had lawyers, and whose cases have closed, almost half won permission to stay. Of those standing alone, with no legal help to make their case, 9 out of 10 were deported. The analysis was done by the nonpartisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which obtains large data blocks from the...

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