The percentage of asylum seekers who are unable to obtain representation has risen markedly over the last decade. Ten years ago, during Fiscal Year 2007, only 13.6 percent were unrepresented. In Fiscal Year 2017, those who were unrepresented rose to 20.6 percent.
TRAC also discovered that the total number of asylum cases decided by judges last year rose to 30,179, a marked increase from 22,312 cases in FY 2016. This is the largest number of asylum cases decided in any one year since FY 2005.
These latest Immigration Court numbers are based on case-by-case records obtained through a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.
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TRAC Finds that Asylum Representation Rates Have Fallen Amid Rising Denial Rates