Nearly 8,800 people were granted asylum by U.S. immigration courts last year. But more than 9,000 had their applications denied, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review statistical yearbook. Another 7,000 withdrew their claim or abandoned it.
Much about U.S. immigration policy needs tinkering, but immigration courts—where judicial independence, rules of evidence and access to counsel look very different from other courts—might need particular attention. Support our investigation.