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January 17, 2019

Home Andrew R. Arthur Breaking Down TRAC's Surprising Asylum Stats Breaking Down TRAC's Surprising Asylum Stats
By Andrew R. Arthur

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University released a report late last year captioned "Asylum Decisions and Denials Jump in 2018". The lede tells much of the story: Fiscal year 2018 broke records for the number of decisions (42,224) by immigration judges granting or denying asylum. Denials grew faster than grants, pushing denial rates up as well. The 42,224 decisions represented a 40 percent jump from decisions during FY 2017, and an 89 percent increase over the number of asylum decisions of two years ago.

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