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Border Report
November 9, 2023

100 new immigration judges added nationwide, report finds
By Sandra Sanchez

There were 123 new immigration judges commissioned in the United States in Fiscal Year 2023 to help handle a backlog of immigration cases that is approaching 3 million, according to a new report. Of those newly commissioned immigration judges, only 21 handled at least 100 asylum cases their first year, according to a report this week by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University, which tracks immigration cases. “Depending on the court and the docket to which a judge is assigned, it may take years to reach the 100-case threshold,” the report said. Once they reach that threshold, TRAC evaluates how judge’s rule on asylum cases. And the outcomes vary greatly. This ranged from a high of 94.8% asylum denial rate by Judge Erica Hughes in Houston; to a low of 1.2% denial rate by Judge Chloe Dillon in San Francisco, TRAC reports. TRAC produced a record 732 reports on U.S. immigration judges activities in Fiscal Year 2023 — that’s up from the nonprofit’s first report in 1994 when there were just 193 judges.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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