In fiscal year 1986, immigration judges denied almost nine out of 10 asylum requests. In the first nine months of fiscal 2010, only half of the requests were rejected -- a record low, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research organization at Syracuse University. The report also noted that a longtime problem -- judge-to-judge disparities in asylum decisions -- continues to plague the immigration courts, despite the substantial increase in the legal representation of asylum seekers.
Report: Legal Representation Helps Asylum Seekers Succeed in Court
The National Law Journal
September 3, 2010