August 1, 2006, - 5:10 pm

Three Cheers for Judge Hanson: Immigration Judges Get “Graded”

By Debbie Schlussel
One of the most abused claims made by immigration lawyers to keep their illegal alien clients in the U.S. is a petition for asylum. Now, there is a list of immigration judges who don’t fall for it.
And Judge Mahlon Hanson of Miami topped the list, rejecting 96.7% of the 1,118 claims for asylum before him. That’s our kind of judge. This comes from a report done by the Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse. Here’s the data, by judge, from 2000-2005.
We note that a Detroit immigration judge we like, Elizabeth A. Hacker–one of our Heroes of 2005–was also high up the list, rejecting 81.9 percent of the 767 Asylum requests before her. Glad to hear it. In the heart of Islamic America, we need tough judges to turn away phony requests for asylum. She also ruled against Islamic terrorist Ibrahim Parlak, for which we are thankful.
Foreigners who don’t qualify for U.S. citizenship–especially those on the verge of being deported, and who should be long gone–often claim that they have to stay here because they will be tortured, abused, or persecuted, if they’re deported. It’s a claim often used by Islamic terrorists, like Fawaz Abu Damra (who tried unsuccesfully to claim this), and other undesirable Muslims from Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority (like this petition for asylum filed on their behalf by sleazy lawyer to terrorists, Nabih Ayad).
In 2005, the U.S. granted asylum to 13,520 people seeking it. It’s a good bet that many of them did not deserve it.
We’re glad to see that judges like Mahlon Hanson exist and wish there were more. Unfortunately, there are also immigration judges like New York Judge Margaret McManus, who rejected only 9.8% of 1,638 cases before her. That means she let almost 1,500 of these aliens in. Sucker.
Fortunately, the median rate of rejection by all judges working for the Federal Executive Office of Immigration Review was 65%. But that’s not high enough. That means more than one out of every three persons seeking asylum got it, a pretty good set of odds for someone here illegally and seeking to stay after he/she has been caught.

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9 Responses

Thanks, Deb.
I’m not surprised that the most liberal judge that you cited is from the People’s Democratic Republic of New York. This state has some of the stupidest public officials in the country. The people here aren’t too bright, either. For proof, just look at who they vote for.
Terrorists are soldiers in a war of hate. They will sacrifice themselves to accomplish their missions. If that means lying to the infidels, so be it. We must not take anything that any Muslim or any other potential terrorist as true. I’ll bet that the terrorist/asylum petitioner had no evidence to support their cause.

Loser on August 4, 2006 at 12:45 am

Well, I’m also pleasantly surprised to see some PDRNY judges ranking high on the list. I would like to know who appointed each of them.
I like ketchup with about everything…especially crow.

Loser on August 4, 2006 at 12:50 am

I agree the immigration system is a problem BUT a 99% denial judge is just as bad as a 20% denial judge as neither can be applying “blind justice” without a pre conceived conclusion and base their judgement on the presentaion of facts which is the allegged basis of our country. Its naive to say 65% is either low or high as most individual cases are closed. (im am a US citizen but as most, not being american indian going back far enough I am of immigrant decent) Islamic terroriists can get in thru mexico or canadas borders- our planes were not sercure period. how come in israel (the national airline el al) the heart or terrorist activity never had a plane taken down…simple design, our USA American security was lax a Immigration Judge had nothing to do with it, and a inside person, flight attendant or captain, can still do it, and a captain acrrying a gun..great so i just have to disarm him to get a weapon on board..anyway. Torture abuse and worse exists in other countries. bona fide reasons do exist for asylum and if we have the program we should apply it fairly and under the laws of our nation, and the golden rule! if we are going to keep the gift from france advertising “give us your.”…and those damn immigrants taken all those great jobs from us…picking fruit, lawn work, labor.car wash.and other minimum wage or less ..gimme a break …..and IF we maintain our basis of government an constituion we need fair , honest judges, not ones you KNOW you WILL either be denied OR approved. imagine such ratungs in civil or criminal cases….thats NOT democracy

USA2DayN4Ever on February 14, 2008 at 8:58 am

Hanson good? I have a friend that, if sent back to Venezuela, will be killed. For what? For speaking up against Hugo Chavez.
Good yeah, right.

Steve on December 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Having so-called denial judges is shameful for this country. What they do we do NOT normally call justice here! They frustratingly arbitrary base their decision on they own beliefs NOT considering any REAL facts (according to my personal practice, which is due to my job) . Having people who writes such articles, people like Debbie Schlussel is EVEN MORE SHAMEFUL! Not all the aliens are terrorists. Even if they do not have a lawful status, it is NOT a criminal offence.BEFORE criticizing EOIR or some liberal immigration judges, please, see Criminal Courts statistics to understand number of arrant criminals (robbers, murderers, rapists) that get away, or do not get what they really deserve; number of criminal cases dismissed due to lacking evidences, material points etc.

John M. on March 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Judge Elizabeth Hacker, now retired, certainly doesn’t deserve the “compliment” provided her in this column. I appeared before her many times, and I can tell you that she called them as she saw them, and if she denied 4/5 of the asylum cases that appeared before her, that’s because she sincerely felt that 4/5 of them were deniable based upon the guidelines provided by the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal courts. She had no hesitation approving good cases, and she was always fair to everyone who appeared to her, even if, truth be known, she did not suffer underprepared attorneys gladly. She was an outstanding immigration judge and will be sorely missed.

Michael Piston on January 6, 2014 at 1:53 am

Incidentally, in Detroit a significant number of asylum grants go to Iraqi Christians who fear murder at the hands of Al Qaeda and other Muslim fanatics. And in New York I just successfully represented a Afghan who worked as a translator for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, including the CIA, and lived in a village under the control of the Taliban. Is Ms. Schlussel really outraged that these people were granted asylum?

Michael Piston on January 6, 2014 at 2:04 am

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