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Representing Immigrants: The Role Of Lawyers In Immigration Bond Hearings, Emily Ryo Dec 2017

Representing Immigrants: The Role Of Lawyers In Immigration Bond Hearings, Emily Ryo

Emily Ryo

Do immigration lawyers matter, and if so, how? Drawing on a rich source of audio recording data, this study addresses these questions in the context of U.S. immigration bond hearings—a critical stage in the removal process for noncitizens who have been apprehended by U.S. immigration officials. First, my regression analysis using a matched sample of legally represented and unrepresented detainees shows that represented detainees have significantly higher odds of being granted bond. Second, I explore whether legal representation affects judicial efficiency and find no evidence of such a relationship. Third, I examine procedural and substantive differences between represented and unrepresented …