Author to Discuss Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy

Political scientist examines variations in asylum decisions March 10

By Robert Parsons

Banks Miller

Political scientist and author Banks Miller will discuss variations in judicial immigration decisions that grant asylum on March 10.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — When a political refugee seeks protection from the United States, what factors do immigration judges consider in deciding whether to grant or turn down asylum requests?

Political scientist Banks Miller will explore the variations in judicial immigration decisions that grant asylum and what those variations mean in the broader U.S. asylum system on Thursday, March 10.

This event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Interdisciplinary South 1113. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP at Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Miller co-authored “Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), which examined more than 500,000 asylum cases that were decided by U.S. immigration judges between 1990 and 2010. The authors found that “judges treat certain facts about an asylum applicant more objectively than others: facts determined to be legally relevant tend to be treated similarly by judges of different political ideologies, while facts considered extralegal are treated subjectively.” Local economic and political conditions as well as congressional reforms also have affected outcomes in asylum cases, the authors said.

Miller is an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research focuses on legal policy and judicial decision-making with an emphasis on specialized judges and immigration policies, namely the politics of immigration enforcement. His articles have appeared in journals such as Journal of Law & Courts, Law & Social Inquiry, Judicature, Law & Policy, and Law & Society Review. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University in 2009 and his J.D. from University of Texas School of Law in 2004.

His presentation is sponsored by the UCR Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy.

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