Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court have been rising. After reaching a historic low of only 44.5 percent turned down in FY 2012, the asylum denial rate rose to 47.2 percent in FY 2013 and has reached 50.2 percent during the first nine months of FY 2014. While this rate is higher than it has been since FY 2009, it is still much lower than ten years ago when almost two out of three (62.6%) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases.
The number of asylum cases decided by Immigration Judges has fallen from a high-water mark of 35,782 cases in FY 2003. By FY 2010, that number had dropped precipitously to just 19,445. In the following year the count rebounded slightly, reaching 22,040. Since then, however, the number of immigration asylum cases being heard in Immigration Court has declined: during FY 2013 there were 20,941 cases decided, and the pace during FY 2014 has been slightly lower still[.