|(24 Sep 2007)
From New York to Miami, from Los Angeles to Boston, from Chicago to Houston and in many cities in between, new government data show that extensive and hard-to-explain disparities have persisted in how immigration judges are deciding the thousands of asylum requests they rule on each year.
A detailed analysis of all asylum decisions from FY 2001 through the end of FY 2006 by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) strongly indicates that the identity of the judge deciding a particular matter often is more important than the underlying facts.
The new report is accompanied by very complete backup information including an updated system for examining the record of more than 200 immigration judges. To obtain the report, go to
The current TRAC study was prepared with the support of Syracuse University, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund. The report builds on previous grants on immigration from the JEHT Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
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