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February 1, 2019

Journey for their lives: A special report on the asylum process
By Alejandra Briones

Asylum is a limited form of immigration relief, itís only meant to protect certain people that are fleeing violence for a particular reason. That includes religion, political opinion, nationally, race or membership in a particular social group. Social group helps broaden asylum, it can include those who feel targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender. Getting an asylum case granted is not easy and it's a long process. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, in El Paso more than 83 percent of asylum cases were denied in the fiscal year 2018. The nationwide average was 65 percent. This is the sixth year in a row that denials increased. Currently, the immigration court backlog is rising with more than 800,000 cases pending nationwide and an average wait time of 718 days.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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