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via TRAC: ICE Seeks to Deport the Wrong People

November 9, 2010

via Jeff Lamicela of Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse:


Immigration Court judges are rejecting a large and growing number of cases where Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sought to deport people from the United States, according to TRAC’s analysis of very recent government data. During the last three months of FY 2010, the rejection rate was nearly one out of three (31%) — up from one out of every four (25%) just 12 months earlier. Courts in some parts of the country are now rejecting over half of ICE’s requests.

This basic finding has emerged from the case-by-case information obtained by TRAC from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) under the Freedom of Information Act. But because of the refusal of ICE to provide TRAC with much more detailed information available in its computers, a complete understanding of why the judges are turning down so many ICE removal efforts is not now possible.

TRAC’s analysis found the number of people affected in the deportation matters that the courts have rejected is extensive — more than a quarter of a million individuals in just the last five years. For details, view the report at:

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