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Immigration Judges Asylum Grants & Denials in FY 2018-2019

After over 7 months, EOIR finally provided the Immigration Judges’ asylum grants and denials for FY 2018 and FY 2019, respectively.

To see the same statistics from FY 2014 to FY 2017, see this previous post. (which took less than 1 month for responsive records)

Of note is the asylum grants and denials for the 6 Immigration Judges who AG William Barr hand-picked for the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2019:

2 of the 6 new BIA members–Hunsucker and Cassidy–denied all their asylum cases in FY 2019.

All 6 of the new BIA members had asylum grant rates of below 10% in FY 2019.

Judge Gorman and Goodwin’s asylum grant rates dropped precipitously in FY 2019–from 14% to 3% and 9% to 3 %, respectively.

Immigration Judge Stuart Couch:

FY 2018: 210 asylum denials. 3 asylum grants. Grant rate: 1.4%

FY 2019: 166 asylum denials. 9 asylum grants. Grant rate: 5%

Immigration Judge Earle Wilson:

FY 2018: 226 asylum denials. 9 asylum grants. 3.8% grant rate.

FY 2019: 110 denials. 3 asylum grants. 2.6 % grant rate.

Immigration Judge William Cassidy:

FY 2018: 24 asylum denials. 1 asylum grant. 4% grant rate.

FY 2019: 40 asylum denials. 0 asylum grants. 0% grant rate.

Immigration Judge Keith Hunsucker:

FY 2018: 19 asylum denials. 0 asylum grants. 0% grant rate.

FY 2019: 35 asylum denials. 0 asylum grants. 0% grant rate.

Immigration Judge Stephanie Gorman:

FY 2018: 174 asylum denials. 30 asylum grants. 14.7% grant rate.

FY 2019: 281 asylum denials. 11 asylum grants. 3.76% grant rate.

Immigration Judge Deborah Goodwin:

FY 2018: 302 asylum denials. 33 asylum grants. 9.85 % grant rate.

FY 2019: 177 asylum denials. 6 asylum grants. 3.27% grant rate.

For reference purposes, the average grant rate for FY 2018 and FY 2019 was 33% and 29%, respectively.

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FOIA reveals insight into architects of Trump’s anti-asylum agenda

The FOIA results are below.

At the dawn of Trump’s presidency, Gene Hamilton and Dimple Shah appear to have had outsized influence in the shaping the President’s aggressive push to end asylum for Central Americans.

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WordPress’s customer service is a Kafkaesque nightmare.

See the chat transcripts below, straight out of Office Space’s classic “just a moment please” scene over and over again.

“Taking a look, one moment”

“A few more moments”

“One moment as I create this payment request…”

“One moment”

“Ok thanks, one moment

Then a moment became a day.

“I can explain this: Domain retrievals generally take about a day. So a two hour wait is very common.”

“…but it may still take up to a day.”

Then back to another vague measurement:

“As mentioned before, we’ll just need a bit more time.”

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