New AIC Fact Sheet: “Taking Attendance: New Data Finds Majority of Children Appear in Immigration Court”

Safe Passage, July 29, 2014

American Immigration Council | Published On: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

As the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the United States border has increased, some lawmakers have argued that children frequently fail to appear for proceedings and thus proposed mandatory detention as a solution. Some say as many as 90 percent fail to attend their immigration court hearings. Yet government data recently published by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) indicates the opposite. Not only do a majority of children attend their immigration proceedings, according to TRAC, but 90 percent or more attend when represented by lawyers…