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Miami New Times
December 6, 2018

Miami's Immigrant-Asylum Denials Hit 18-Year High in 2018, Data Shows
By Jerry Iannelli

In both sad and entirely predictable news, immigration-asylum applications in Miami were denied at rates virtually unseen in two decades, according to data released today by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a group at Syracuse University. Immigration officials denied 86 percent of asylum applications during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended in September, the Clearinghouse concluded. That's the highest denial rate in Miami since at least 2001. (TRAC's data doesn't go past that year.) The Sun Sentinel first reported the data release earlier today. On a national level, TRAC wrote today that the nation saw a massive spike in asylum and immigration-court decisions in 2018, which suggests the Trump administration is pushing courts to churn through immigration cases much faster. Most of the new decisions were denials. TRAC noted that, though denial rates initially spiked when Trump took office in 2017, the rates fell and then rose again this past June, when then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions significantly limited the ways in which judges are allowed to grant asylum.

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