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Re-Victimization and the Asylum Process: Jimenz Ferreir v. Lynch: Re-Assessing the Weight Placed on Credible Fear Interviews in Determining Credibility
By Alana Mosley

Aside from the problems created by the backlog of cases, there are also disparities in denial rates within jurisdictions that make judicial bias, political sway, and general inexperience more likely culprits. For instance, in July 2006, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization associated with Syracuse University, released a study stating that Chinese immigrants make up almost twenty-two percent of asylum seekers in the United States. The study found that in New York there was a grave disparity in the grant rates for Chinese asylees represented by lawyers––one judge denied almost seven percent of petitions, while another denied ninety-four percent. Circuit courts have questioned the skill and temperament of some immigration judges, mainly those who have been repeatedly appealed. Note that “[a]bout half of the judges appointed in [the] 2004- 2007 period had no experience with immigration law.......[Citing TRAC data and reports].

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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