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March 31, 2020

Unequal Justice Under Law: Effects of Immigration Detention on Removal Case Outcomes
By Alyssa M. Snider


It is common knowledge among immigration practitioners and immigrants in removal proceedings that the likelihood of winning ones case can vary significantly depending on the judge and the court. Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research organization at Syracuse University, reported in 2018 that in the San Francisco Immigration Court, different judges denied asylum applications at rates from ten percent to 97 percent. Although these disparities were most extreme in San Francisco, they existed in and between other immigration courts as well (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse 2018a). TRAC has also documented disparities in findings of credible fear (a necessary step for those applying for asylum) and in bond grant rates and amounts awarded (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse 2018c). Although all forms of legal relief have their basis in statute or regulation, judges appear to interpret these statutes and regulations differently...[Citing TRAC data and reports].


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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