N24 Correspondent, NEW YORK: The U.S. immigration courts have accepted asylum petitions of 625 Nepalese nationals, while denying asylum to them in 245 cases in the year 2019. The approval figure for the Nepalese stands at 71.83 percent, while the disapproval figure stands at 28.17 percent for the same period.
According to the data of Executive Office for the Immigration Review, five more Nepalese have been provided some legal immigration status other than the asylum, while the 245 individuals whose cases were denied, have been ordered a deportation. Some of them have appealed against the deportation verdicts in the upper courts.
In 2019, the immigration justices delivered verdicts in a total of 67,406 asylum cases, including the 625 approved and 245 denied cases of the Nepalese.
Among those, whose asylum cases were approved in 2019, the highest number was of the individuals from China (3,623) followed by El Salvador (2,419) and India (2,006). Guatemala was in the fourth position followed by Honduras, Mexico, Cuba and Cameroon.
Nepal was in the 9th position followed by Venezuela in the 10th position.
Among the 625 Nepalese, whose asylum cases were approved, 374 cases were from New York, while 157 cases were from California. Likewise, 52 cases were approved from Texas followed by 10 in Massachusetts, 6 in Maryland, 2 in Colorado and 24 in other various states.
Similarly, among the 245 disapproved asylum cases of the Nepalese, 93 were from New York followed by 23 in California, 14 in Texas, 5 in Maryland and 110 in other various states.
In the past 19 years from 2001 to 2019, the U.S. immigration courts have approved asylum petitions of 4,738 Nepalese, while denying cases of 1,840. Likewise, 71 Nepalese were provided a legal status other than the asylum.
Among the immigration courts of the U.S., the New York City court has the highest percentage of approval in overall asylum cases in the past five years.
For instance, from 2014 to 2019, the New York city immigration court approved 74 percent of the asylum cases, followed by 58 percent approvals from the Boston immigration court.
Similarly, the immigration courts in Newark, Phoenix, Chicago, Honolulu and San Francisco were among the top seven courts (along with New York and Boston) to have approved asylum cases for more than 50 percent.
“I’ve always found it really rewarding to work with asylum clients,” Ramji-Nogales, an associate dean of students and professor at Beasley School of Law, Pennsylvania, was quoted as saying by The Temple News.
“It’s a really important part of who we are as a nation to provide protection to people who are fleeing harms that their government can’t or is not willing to protect them from,” she said.
In the meantime, 12 U.S. immigration courts have disapproved more than 90 percent of the asylum cases simultaneously in the same period (2014-19).
For instance, the Louisiana immigration court disapproved 99 percent of the asylum cases, followed by 97 percent disapproval from the Atlanta immigration court and 93 percent disapproval from the Las Vegas immigration court.
“It’s not enough that your country is violent to get asylum or qualify. You have to have been individually targeted or persecuted based on one of five grounds,” Leslie Silverstein, an immigration attorney in Portland, Maine, was quoted as saying by the I-Team of the CBS 13 News.
“If you can’t tie the persecution into one of those five grounds of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group and political opinion, you will not get asylum,” she said, adding that it was “very hard” and “very difficult” to prove it.
“Those cases are extremely time consuming, you need very strong evidence,” Silverstein was further quoted as saying.
Notwithstanding the approval or disapproval figures, the U.S. immigration courts delivered a total of 178,858 verdicts in asylum cases in the past five years (2014-19), according to the official statistics.