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January 17, 2020

A Fraud and Disgrace
By Robert Kahn

United States immigration courts today are a fraud and disgrace, by design. They are intended to keep refugees trapped on the border — not to give them access to justice or a fair hearing. This timely chart of “Asylum Acceptance Rates in U.S. Immigration Courts FY 2014-2019,” from Syracuse University, says it all. How else to explain that 74% of people who applied for political asylum in New York were accepted, and 71% of the people in San Francisco and 59% in Boston — yet their fellow immigrants who went to court in Jena, Arkansas, were granted asylum 1% of the time? In Atlanta, the denial rate was 97.2%, and in Louisville 97.1%. The chart comes from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University in New York, a wonderful organization that’s packed a lot of information into a small space here.

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