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Dallas Morning News
June 19, 2011

Salvadoran woman fights deportation from U.S.
By Dianne Solis

A 26-year-old native of El Salvador, lives under the temporary cover of U.S. law because she has applied for asylum. But that protection may end soon for the woman, who is seeking asylum for what she says is the persecution of multiple gang rapes she suffered in her native land. Blanca's case was heard in Dallas by Dietrich Sims, one of the toughest immigration judges in the nation on asylum, according to the Syracuse University-based Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. From 2005 to 2010, Sims denied 86 percent of asylum claims in his court, according to TRAC, which uses the Freedom of Information Act. TRAC found that the four Dallas immigration judges deny asylum requests about 68 percent of the time, versus 55 percent of the time for the nation. The growing number of immigration cases has led to greater scrutiny from the American Bar Association, law journals, and TRAC. Studies show disparity in approval rates from judge to judge, termed "refugee roulette" by some attorneys.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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