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Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 17, 2017

Asylum denied in most Las Vegas immigration court cases
By Jessie Bekker

Las Vegas immigration judges are among the nation’s toughest when it comes to granting asylum, a new report from Syracuse University shows. About 91 percent of asylum requests processed through the Las Vegas immigration court were denied in the last six years. That’s compared with about 53 percent of cases nationwide, according to the report released this week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the university’s nonprofit data research arm. The strictest of the four Las Vegas immigration judges is Munish Sharda, who ranks 11th out of 293 immigration judges nationwide for his asylum denial rate of 97.3 percent. “This is a famously inconsistent area of adjudication,” said Michael Kagan, immigration lawyer and director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic. The consequence: “Dramatically different results, possibly with very high stakes,” he said.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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