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December 10, 2018

Asylum denials jump; immigration judges' discretion attacked
By Patrick Timmons

New data about the number of asylum applications granted by the United States this year show how the Trump administration has dramatically narrowed asylum granted to people fleeing persecution in their home countries -- though significantly more Central Americans have been admitted over the past decade. "Asylum acceptance rates are at a 20-year low, and the recent TRAC data confirms that," said Sarah Pierce, policy analyst for the non-partisan and independent Migration Policy Institute, referring to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. For fiscal 2018, TRAC's statistics show immigration judges denied 65 percent of asylum claims -- up from 42 percent in 2017. There were 42,224 asylum cases decided in 2018, an 89 percent increase over the total number of cases decided in 2016.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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