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Big Disparities Found in Judging of Asylum Cases

Publication Date: 
May 31, 2007
Source: 
The New York Times
Author: 
Julia Preston

New York Times reporter Julia Preston writes about an upcoming article in the Stanford Law Review:

Asylum seekers in the United States face broad disparities in the nation's 54 immigration courts, with the outcome of cases influenced by things like the location of the court and the sex and professional background of judges, a new study has found.

The study, by three law professors, analyzes 140,000 decisions by immigration judges, including those cases from the 15 countries that have produced the most asylum seekers in recent years, among them China, Haiti, Colombia, Albania and Russia.

... The study is based on data on judges' decisions from January 2000 through August 2004. It will be posted today on the Web site of the Social Science Research Network, www.ssrn.com, and published in November in the Stanford Law Review.