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August 06, 2006

Study Finds Disparities in Judges’ Asylum Rulings

This article shows the diffence in rulings by immigration judges on asylum cases;

"By Rachel L. Swarns, the New York Times, July 31, 2006

Washington - An examination of thousands of immigration cases has found wide disparities in the rate at which judges grant asylum to people seeking haven in the United States, according to a study released Sunday by a private research group.

One judge in Miami denied 96.7 percent of the asylum cases before him in which the petitioner had a lawyer. It was the highest denial rate in the nation between the beginning of the fiscal year 2000 and the first few months of fiscal year 2005, the study found. In contrast, a New York judge granted asylum in all but 9.8 percent of such cases.

Ten percent of the nation’s immigration judges denied asylum cases in 86 percent or more of their decisions, while another 10 percent of judges denied asylum cases in 34 percent of their rulings during that same time period, the study found.

The report, which examined 297,240 immigration cases from fiscal year 1994 through the first few months of fiscal year 2005, was done by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research group connected to Syracuse University. The data was collected from the Justice Department, which oversees the nation’s immigration courts".


Posted by VisaLawyer at August 6, 2006 01:08 PM


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