Immigration cases fourteen-times more successful with representation

Certain immigration cases are significantly more likely to receive a more favorable outcome in court if the immigrants have legal representation.

A new study is calling attention to a striking fact: certain immigration cases are fourteen times more successful in court if the immigrant has legal representation. The study focused specifically on cases involving women with children.

Importance of legal counsel: Women with children

Women who illegally enter the United States with their children are required to establish that they have "credible fear" of persecution or torture if they were to return to their home country. Without establishing this element, these women and children can face expedited removal from the U.S.

Once this element is established, these women may not face an expedited removal, but they do move on to face formal removal proceedings in immigration court. A recent study has found that women in these situations who enter court with legal representation are much more likely to have a successful outcome, while those who do not have an attorney face a deportation rate of 97 percent.

Importance of legal counsel: A look at the data

The report was published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

44,948 cases were flagged for review by courts for priority scheduling involving women with children as of the end of June 2015. 14,269 of these cases were closed by June. The 30,679 cases that remain are still pending. According to researchers with the review, the chances of remaining in the country increased fourteen-fold for women with children that had representation at their court proceedings, compared to those who did not. Only 2.3 percent of the 12,266 Immigration Court cases that were closed without representation during this time period were allowed to remain within the country. Deportation orders were issued in 97 percent of these cases. In contrast, 32.9 percent of the 2,003 cases that had representation were able to remain while 67.1 percent received a deportation order.

Importance of legal counsel: A look at the media

The media has highlighted these issues. A recent piece in the Boston Globe notes that the famously complex nature of immigration laws in the United States supports the call for counsel when facing a proceeding within immigration court. The article points to a study conducted by legal experts with Cardozo School of Law, Brooklyn Law School and the New York School of Law along with other prestigious institutes, finding detained immigrations in New York City were six times more likely to win their cases when they had legal representation compared to those who did not.

Importance of legal counsel: Finding the right attorney

For those who are facing immigration issues, it is clearly wise to seek the counsel of an experienced deportation attorney. This legal professional will advocate for your rights, working to better ensure a more favorable outcome.