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September 21, 2023

More Asylum-Seekers Heading To Houston, Chicago, LA
By Micah Danney

"So if there's shifts in where people are going, that may also mean that there might be shifts in who is getting asylum," Kocher said.
As August set a new record for deportation hearings initiated in a single month, statistics also show more asylum-seekers arriving in major cities in Texas, Illinois, Florida and California than in previous months, according to a new report. Although New York City remained the top destination for asylum-seekers by a long shot, arrivals there decreased by 4% since July, while the counties in Texas where Houston and Dallas are located experienced increases, as did Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, according to a report released Wednesday by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. That matters because asylum decisions are heavily influenced by immigration courts' geographic locations, according to Austin Kocher, one of the researchers who worked on the report.

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