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July 26, 2019

Asylum Claims Depend in Part on Luck of the Draw

Asylum seekers come to the United States prepared to tell stories of persecution, fear and torture, but their fate often depends less on their credibility than on luck, given the wide range of judges’ willingness to grant asylum, Mother Jones reports. Based on data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, cited asylum grants of almost 80 percent in New York City and 44 percent in Elizabeth, N.J., but a denial rate of 84 percent in Louisiana.

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