Judges revoke 23% of rejections of immigrant asylum requests

23% of the decisions of immigration officials on asylum requests are revoked by a judges, according to new data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which operates out of Syracuse University in upstate New York.

This means that these immigrants achieved demonstrate your fear of persecution or torture if they are deported to their countries of origin.

Asylum petitions are reviewed by agents of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but if their decision is negative, then the immigrant has the right to be heard by a judge.

According to TRAC figures, the immigration court judges 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 deported immediately, except in exceptional cases.

In general, there has been a growing 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 asylum in this country, particularly along the US-Mexico border, it adds.

It also indicates that in the last available 12-month period, USCIS asylum officers denied migrants’ requests for “well-founded fear” 32% of the time, but when they went before a judge that figure reached 23%.

In the time elapsed during the Administration of Democratic President Joe Biden, from fiscal year 2021 to February 2023, immigration judges have handed down nearly 36,000 decisionsof which 10,000 were favorable to migrants.

Court records during this Administration show that Armenians, although in a relatively small number of asylum applications (47), lead the highest rate of approval by an immigration judge at 70%, followed by Cameroon (68%). and Syria (65%).

Latin Americans were the least successful in their applications before the judge, with the Dominican Republic (19%), Costa Rica (16%) and Brazil (16%) in the last places of the decisions. Colombians had the most total cases, with 7,255 cases, but judges ruled in favor of only 28% of cases.

With information from EFE

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