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January 13, 2020

Boston immigration court approved 58% of asylum requests
By Sarah Betancourt

Boston's Immigration Court is one of only seven nationwide that approved more than 50 percent of asylum requests over a six-year period. The Boston court approved 58 percent of asylum requests, and courts in New York City, Newark, Phoenix, Chicago, Honolulu, and San Francisco approved even higher percentages. New York City’s court approved 74 percent of asylum requests, according to new data released by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, covering a six-year period from fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2019. Immigration courts in other parts of the country have very different records. Judges at 12 courts denied more than 90 percent of asylum requests over the six-year period. The Atlanta court denied 97 percent of the applications it received and the Las Vegas court denied 93 percent. A tiny court in Louisiana denied the most applications – 99 percent. Syracuse reviewed 178,858 asylum decisions by individual judges at 59 courts from fiscal 2014 through fiscal year 2019. In fiscal 2019, judges decided over 67,000 asylum cases nationally, nearly 2˝ times the number from five years ago.  

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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