Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Miami Immigration Judges Less Likely to Grant Asylum to Refugees ( staff Immigration judges in Miami are about half as likely on average to grant asylum to refugees as their peers in 14 other U.S. cities, according to a national study that identified ”amazing disparities” in the handling of immigration cases. The study, which analyzed 140,000 decisions by 225 immigration judges and took particular aim at the nation’s busiest courts, found that Miami’s 21 immigration judges on average granted 23 percent of the requests that came before them. The national rate was 40 percent. Haitian asylum seekers — the top nationality by volume in Miami — fared even worse: 15 percent were granted asylum, according to figures provided by one of the study’s authors. Asylum seekers who live in Central Florida fared better: The immigration court in Orlando granted 49 percent of its applications. The study, posted Thursday on the […]

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