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August 12, 2020

Former Judges with High Asylum Denial Rates Appointed to BIA
By Max Siegelbaum and Mazin Sidahmed

Three former immigration judges, all with asylum denial rates mostly over 90 percent, have been appointed to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Michael P. Baird, a former immigration judge in Dallas and then the notorious Atlanta Immigration Court, had a denial rate of 91.4 percent, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Sunita B. Mahtabfar, a former judge at the El Paso Immigration Court, had a denial rate of 98.7 percent. Sirce E. Owen, a former ICE prosecutor and “management judge” was also named to the board. The judges will now oversee appeals to immigration cases and the courts as a whole. Immigration Courtside (blog), Law 360

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