|(02 Sep 2010)
Very timely Justice Department data show that Immigration Judges are declining substantially fewer requests for asylum.
Denial rates have reached the lowest level in the last quarter of a century according to a new analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
This was one of many new findings to emerge from TRAC's fifth annual monitoring report focusing on the processing of asylum requests by these specialized courts. In FY 1986, almost 9 out of 10 (89%) of such requests were declined. During the first nine months of FY 2010, only half (50%) were turned down.
The analysis of hundreds of thousands of case-by-case records also found that the total number of asylum requests has been falling, that a higher proportion of asylum seekers are now represented by counsel, and that judge-to-judge disparities in denial rates remain a pervasive problem. To read the complete report, go to:
Also available are 253 separate reports covering individual Immigration Judges, updated through June 2010. These reports examine each judge's asylum denial rate year-by-year, providing rankings and other comparisons with the denial rates of other judges. For judge-by-judge listings, go to:
Over the past five years this report series has been primarily supported by Syracuse University, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, the New York Times Company Foundation, Public Interest Projects, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
TRAC is self-supporting and depends on foundation grants, individual contributions and subscription fees for the funding needed to obtain, analyze and publish the data we collect on the activities of the US Federal government. To help support TRAC's ongoing efforts, go to: