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Latino Daily News

Monday August 1, 2011

Immigration Judges at Border Have Higher Rate of Denying Asylum Petitions

Immigration Judges at Border Have Higher Rate of Denying Asylum Petitions

Photo: Asylum Seekers Denied More by Border Judges

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According to a new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearninghouse immigration judges working at the border are more likely to deny asylum petitions from Mexican nationals than anywhere else in the country.

The study looked at the decisions of 265 immigration judges located throughout the country who have rendered decisions on 100 asylum cases over the last five year.  Overall, there was a 53.2% denial rate but border judges had a 83.3% denial rate.  The majority of asylum seekers were from Mexico and Central America.

When someone is granted political asylum the petitioner must show the court they have been persecuted or have a highly likelihood of being persecuted in the future.  The grounds for persecution are either on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a specific social group. 

Last year 19,500 foreign nationals applied for asylum in the U.S.