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October 19, 2019

As number of immigrants behind bars soars under Trump, Louisiana becomes detention hub
By Bryn Stole

Hernandez's victory was a rarity: Duck granted only about 16% of all asylum cases he considered between 2013 and 2018, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University research project that analyzes federal court records. Duck’s grant rate sits well below the national rate: Immigration judges across the country approved roughly 42% of asylum requests over that same period. But his fellow judges in Oakdale and Jena were tougher than him, granting asylum in just 10% of cases. Immigration attorneys still speak with frustration about Agnelis Reese, a longtime judge who retired this summer. Reese denied every single asylum request she heard between 2011 and 2018, turning down more than 200 people who contended they'd face persecution if deported, according to TRAC records.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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