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March 15, 2023

Volunteers welcome asylum-seekers after long treacherous journeys
By Allison Salerno

Indeed, statistics compiled by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) of asylum decisions in immigration courts from fiscal year 2017 to 2022 shows that in Atlanta’s two immigration court systems, asylum seekers have a low chance of having their claims accepted. Judges overall denied asylum 94% and almost 90% of the time, respectively, compared to a nationwide denial rate of nearly 64%. In New York, asylum claims were denied just 34% of the time during the same period, and almost 63% of the time for people leaving immigration detention centers. Even within regional immigration courts, “it’s luck of the draw which judge you get,” says Susan Long, co-founder and co-director of TRAC. She notes that asylum seekers can’t necessarily rely on a judge’s individual track record with asylum claims, because the rate also depends on the mix of cases they hear.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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