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Expert: Most Migrants to NYC Won't Win Asylum

June 19, 2023 (1 min read)

Matthew Chayes, Newsday, June 19, 2023

"Most asylum-seeking migrants who have been arriving in cities like New York — some of whom the mayor wants to relocate to Long Island and beyond — aren’t likely to be allowed to stay legally in the United States, according to recent trends in the federal immigration system. ... A denied asylum claim can be challenged at the Board of Immigration Appeals and then to a federal appellate court — steps that can lengthen the time a person is allowed to stay by months or even years. Most people aren’t successful in winning an appeal, Cornell Law School professor Stephen W. Yale-Loehr said. ... Ultimately, he said, most of the migrants who are coming to the city won't be able to remain in the United States legally. “If they’re denied asylum,” he said, “I’d say the vast majority would not be able to stay, because they’ve exhausted their bases for trying to stay legally.”