On July 14, 2011, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a report on the asylum decisions of 233 individual judges in the nation's special Immigration Courts, based upon asylum decisions made during the period FY 2006 to FY 2011 (through May 4).
Nationally immigration court judges denied 53.2 percent of asylum claims during the period covered by the report. In the San Antonio Immigration Court, judges denied asylum 57.7 percent of the time. However, in looking at the statistics for the individual judges, 2 of the 5 judges had denial rates that are below the national average, but 1 judge had a denial rate that was significantly above the national average.
The denial rates for the individual judges in the San Antonio Court are as follows:
--Judge Gary D. Burkholder denied 86.8 percent of the 266 asylum claims that he heard and was ranked #23 on the list of judges with the highest asylum denials.
--Judge Susan E. Conley de Castro denied 64 percent of the 189 asylum claims that she heard.
--Judge Glen P. McPhaul denied 55.2 percent of the 261 asylum claims that he heard.
--Judge John D. Carte denied 49.1 percent of the 167 asylum claims that he heard.
--Judge Bertha A. Zuniga denied 41.6 percent of the 296 asylum claims that she heard.