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Jeff Sessions’ Decision Bars Victims of Domestic Violence & Gang Violence From Asylum

Here is the decision. It will be overturned by 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Every Immigration Judge’s Asylum Grants and Denials from 2014 to 2018

Fresh off the FOIA press.

Today, we received the following data on the total number of asylum grants and denials for each immigration judge from for each fiscal year from 2014 to 2018.


Evidence of EOIR’s indefensible about-face on redacting all asylum cases related to domestic violence.

Recently, EOIR redacted just about all the relevant facts and law in a FOIA release of Immigration Judge Barry Pettinato’s decisions and BIA remands for theĀ Fiscal Year 2017.

I thought the redactions may have been an error by a rookie specialist, but today I learned there was no mistake.

Here is the exchange with one of EOIR’s attorneys:



Here is the evidence proving EOIR’s claim–that the redactions for IJ Pettinato are consistent with other cases they’ve released–is false:

In a release of Immigration Judges Couch and Wilson, which occurred only a matter of months previous to the Pettinato release, the matter of A-R-C-G was referenced 212 and 65 times, respectively.

In IJ Pettinato’s release, the matter of A-R-C-G was referenced 0 times. Why?

Because EOIR decided to suddenly redact every reference to the matter of A-R-C-G- under a new policy, as set forth by EOIR’s attorney, that all ARCG references must be redacted because “that would be an indicator the alien is connected to a particular social group.”

See the searches conducted below for “A-R-C-G”: