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May 4, 2016

Study shows disparities in how Arizona judges granted asylum
By Sara Weber

Arizona’s 11 immigration judges varied widely in their handling of asylum cases between 2009 and 2014, with denial rates ranging from 21.3 percent for one judge to 96 percent for another, according to Justice Department data. That range was well within the national average for judges on asylum requests, which stretched from denial rates as low as 3.9 percent up to 100 percent, according to an analysis by researchers at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. But the TRAC report found that Arizona judges, overall, denied 72.6 percent of cases in the state, well above the national average of 48.5 percent of cases denied.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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