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March 15, 2023

US judges revoke a quarter of the rejections of asylum requests for immigrants

This data is the most striking of those that emerge from the new analysis carried out by the independent Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) center of Syracuse University in the state of New York. When the migrant does not receive a favorable decision from a US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer, they have the right to be heard by a judge. According to TRAC figures, trial court judges immigration they have heard more than 100,000 of these cases in the last 25 years. If you do not pass this second evaluation in court, you will generally be immediately deported, except in exceptional cases. In general, there has been an increasing proportion of asylum officer decisions overturned by judges, just as the number of ‘well-founded fear’ cases raised by asylum seekers has been increasing. In fiscal year 2010, those “well-founded fear” cases exceeded 1,000 per year; in 2014 they increased to more than 6,000, and were more than 12,000 in 2019, according to the university’s data analysis. This increase largely reflects the growing number of people seeking asylumin this country, particularly on the border line between the United States and Mexico, he adds.

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