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Miami Herald
September 11, 2016

How lenient are Miami immigration judges? A study ranks the court
By Alfonso Chardy

The Miami immigration court is an important place for foreign nationals seeking asylum or who are in deportation proceedings. But it can be difficult to find because itís in a cul-de-sac in downtown Miami, somewhat hidden among skyscrapers and soaring Interstate 95 exit and entry ramps. Yet, the building at 333 S. Miami Ave. should not strike fear in the hearts of immigrants. Thatís because judges at the Miami immigration court are deemed among the most lenient toward immigrants in the country, according to a recently published study. The report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University says that the Miami immigration court is in the top five immigration courts in the country whose judges are more likely to allow immigrants to stay in the country despite deportation orders sought by government trial attorneys representing the Department of Homeland Security. According to the TRAC study, the Phoenix immigration court ranks No. 1 with ďthe highest proportion of individuals who were allowed to stay.Ē In second place was the New York immigration court, followed by Denver in third, San Antonio in fourth and then Miami in fifth, according to the study.

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