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The Guardian
November 2, 2018

‘You descend into hell by coming here’: how Texas shut the door on refugees
By Justin Van der Leun

Immigration courts are administrative bodies, divided into regional districts that have developed starkly different patterns of adjudication. Between 2012 and 2017, for example, judges in the New York City court approved around 80% of applications for asylum, according to a Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (Trac) analysis of government data. In Miami, the approval rate was around 30%. In El Paso, it was just 3%. Asylum seekers in El Paso then find themselves – simply by virtue of being there – trapped in a jurisdiction that consistently refuses relief, and has done so for years.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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