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The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 2, 2020

A Philly immigration judge retired because Trump turned appeals courts into ‘a Politburo-like rubber stamp’
By Jeff Gammage

Among immigration judges’ most crucial decisions are whether to grant asylum, which confers the ability to legally stay in the United States, and which can mean life or death. The Trump administration contends that many claims are fraudulent, and asylum seekers are held in detention or sent to dangerous Mexican cities to await hearings. From fiscal 2014 through 2019, Honeyman decided 411 asylum claims on the merits, granting 266 and denying 145, according to the Transactional Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. That means he granted 64.7% and denied 35.3%. Philadelphia judges overall denied 51.1%. Nationally, immigration judges denied 63.1%, according to TRAC. Honeyman said he decided cases by applying the law to the facts.

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