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Immigration Law

Record Number of Asylum Cases in FY 2019: TRAC

TRAC, Jan. 8, 2019

"Immigration judges decided a record number of asylum cases in FY 2019. This past year judges decided 67,406 asylum cases, nearly two-and-a-half times the number from five years ago when judges decided 19,779 asylum cases. Asylum decisions also make up an increasing proportion of the Immigration Court's workload. Nearly one in four cases (22.6%) that judges decided were asylum claims in FY 2019, up from one in ten (10.7%) back in FY 2014. The number of immigrants who have been granted asylum more than doubled from 9,684 in FY 2014 to 19,831 in FY 2019. However, the number of immigrants who have been denied asylum or other relief grew even faster from 9,716 immigrants to 46,735 over the same time period. Six-nine percent (69%) of asylum seekers were denied asylum or other relief in 2019."