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September 23, 2019

Asylum-seekers may have tougher time getting into U.S. after court ruling
By Victor Manuel Ramos

The backlog of pending cases in immigration court has risen nationally to more than 1 million in 2019, or 31 percent from the previous fiscal year. New York has about 124,000 immigration court cases pending, the third-largest backlog behind California and Texas, according to figures issued this month by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research organization at Syracuse University. Itís not clear how many of those pending cases are asylum requests, but in 2017, the last year of official figures, slightly more than 1,500 immigrants were granted that protection in New York, without counting those who sought asylum after they faced removal proceedings. Nearly 93,000 migrants expressed credible fear in 2018, the first step in an asylum request, nationwide government figures show.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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