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March 15, 2023

US Judges Overturn 25% of Asylum Denials

New data analysis from the independent Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) center of Syracuse University reveals that judges revoke a quarter of first instance asylum applications in the United States. The analysis highlights the growing number of people seeking asylum in the country, particularly along the US-Mexico border. When asylum seekers do not receive a favorable decision from a US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer, they have the right to be heard by a judge. Immigration court judges have heard over 100,000 of these cases in the last 25 years. The increased proportion of asylum officer decisions overturned by judges largely reflects an increasing number of “well-founded fear” cases raised by asylum seekers.

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