Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Immigration Article of the Day: Explaining the Divergence in Asylum Grant Rates Among Immigration Judges: An Attitudinal and Cognitive Approach by Linda Keith, Jennifer S. Holmes, and Banks Miller
Explaining the Divergence in Asylum Grant Rates Among Immigration Judges: An Attitudinal and Cognitive Approach by Linda Keith, University of Texas at Dallas - Department of Political Science, Jennifer S. Holmes, University of Texas at Dallas - School of Economics, Political and Policy Sciences, Banks Miller, University of Texas at Dallas October 2013 Law & Policy, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 261-289, 2013
Abstract: In seeking to understand the variation in asylum grant rates by immigration judges (IJs), we apply a variation of the attitudinal model that we modify by incorporating a cognitive model of decision making, arguing that some pieces of information before IJs are treated objectively while others are treated subjectively. This model allows us to account for informational cues that influence decisions while assessing the impact of national interests and human rights conditions. We find that IJ policy predispositions play a dominant role, and that liberal IJs respond to applicant characteristics differently than conservatives, but also that the law constrains decision making.