TRAC's Immigration Judges report
(31 Jul 2006) TRAC's Immigration Judges report, released July 31, 2006, shows vast differences in the rate at which the nation's 200-plus immigration judges decline hundreds of thousands of applications for asylum in the United States. In one recent period, for example, while ten percent of the judges denied asylum in 86% or more of the their decisions, another ten percent denied asylum in only 34% of theirs. The Immigration Court, a branch of the Justice Department, asserts in a mission statement that it is committed to the "uniform application of the immigration law in all cases." Yet at one end of the scale was a Miami judge who turned down 96.7% of the asylum requests. At the other end was a New York judge who rejected only 9.8%.

TRAC filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security May 10, 2006 in federal court asking that it order the accelerated production of information that TRAC had previously sought from ICE under the Freedom of Information Act. Through these FOIA requests, TRAC hopes to obtain specific unpublished information regarding non-citizens with criminal arrests or convictions. Read the announcement for further discussion and links to the full text of the complaint and motion.

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