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National Law Journal
September 2, 2010

Asylum seekers more successful in court
By Marcia Coyle

Asylum seekers' rate of success in the nation's immigration courts is the highest it has been in 25 years and one significant factor is increased legal representation, new research has found. In fiscal year 1986, immigration judges denied almost nine out of 10 asylum requests. In the first nine months of fiscal 2010, only half of the requests were rejected a record low, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research organization at Syracuse University. "One factor contributing to the improved success of the asylum seekers is that a higher proportion of the total are represented by counsel," said the report, "Asylum Decisions in the Immigration Courts," part of an ongoing monitoring effort by TRAC.

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