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The Baltimore Sun
December 24, 2018

Spurred by Trump policy, Immigrant Families Together prompts Marylanders to collect food, help migrants
By Christina Tkacik

While rates of asylum approval vary widely from judge to judge, the average rate of approval is higher in Baltimore than in cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. More than half 56 percent of migrants whose asylum cases are heard in Baltimore are granted approval, according to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonprofit data research center based at Syracuse University. One of six judges who hears asylum cases in Baltimore, Judge Denise Slavin, granted asylum to 92.6 percent of the 646 people she saw from fiscal year 2013 to 2018. On the other hand, Judge Elizabeth A. Kessler gave asylum to just 29.8 percent of the 487 applicants she saw during that time.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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