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Asylum-Seekers Waiting In Mexico Rarely Find Lawyers

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(AP) – Asylum-seekers who are sent back to Mexico to wait for hearings in U.S. immigration court rarely find attorneys.

The Associated Press contacted all 21 attorney’s offices on a government list of free and low-cost providers in courts that handle such cases and found that only two have taken on a large load. Some legal aid groups have taken a small number of cases, and a few offer free “know your rights” talks.

The scarcity of attorneys helps explain why only 4% asylum-seekers subject to the “Remain in Mexico” policy won their decisions, while the nationwide rate is 29%.

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