Few ICE Detainers Target Serious Criminals

"Very timely case-by-case data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show that no more than 14 percent of the "detainers" issued by the government in FY 2012 and the first four months of FY 2013 met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat...

New ICE Detainer Guidelines Have Little Impact

"Despite Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) setting new, stricter detainer guidelines last December, very recent government data reveal that six months later fewer than one in nine (10.8 percent) of the ICE detainers met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious...

Fewer Deportation Cases Based on Convictions Filed

" Of all filings in the Immigration Courts seeking to deport noncitizens during fiscal year 2013, only one in seven (14.4 percent) have been based on alleged criminal activity. This proportion is roughly half what it was twenty years ago, when 28.5 percent -- more than a quarter -- of removal filings...

Immigration Court Backlog Up 85% From Five Years Ago

"The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts climbed to 344,230 by the end of fiscal year 2013, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. The case backlog, which has risen...

At Nearly 100,000, Immigration Prosecutions Reach All-time High in FY 2013

"The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2013 immigration prosecutions reached an all-time high, with new cases being filed against 97,384 defendants. This number is up 5.9 percent over the past fiscal year, and up 22.6 percent over the past five years, according...

TRAC: Criminal Charges Continue Decline in Immigration Court

"Alleged criminal activity continues to turn up less and less often as the basis for new Immigration Court filings seeking removal orders. So far in fiscal year 2014, only 13.5 percent of individuals have been alleged to be removable based on criminal activity, according to the latest case-by-case...

555-Day Backlog at Houston Immigration Court

"Those awaiting hearings at a Houston immigration court should be prepared to wait for much more than a year due to thousands of pending cases, a shortage of judges and the more than two-week federal shutdown in October, a report has found. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse , a data...

TRAC Updates Prosecutorial Discretion Stats

"During the first quarter of FY 2014, seven percent of all Immigration Court cases were closed due to the exercise of prosecutorial discretion (PD), according to the latest case-by-case records (through December 2013) obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC...

Surprising Variability in Immigration Detainer Trends by Gender, Nationality: TRAC

"Very recent government data reveal that while the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials has dropped by nearly a quarter (23 percent) since fiscal year 2012, there are striking differences in the trends when viewed by the gender and nationality of the...

Limit Use of ICE Detainers: Barbara Hines

"Compliance with the ICE detainer system is a destructive policy for our community for many reasons. While ICE touts Secure Communities as a tool to target immigrants with serious criminal histories for deportation, the evidence starkly contradicts this claim. These detainers do not differentiate...

Targeting of ICE Detainers Varies Widely by State and by Facility: TRAC

" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed detainers on approximately half a million individuals during fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to the latest government records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information...

ICE Success in Obtaining Removal Orders Drops to 50% - TRAC

" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has had diminishing success in convincing Immigration Judges to issue removal orders. Such orders are now granted only about 50 percent of the time, the lowest level since systematic tracking began more than 20 years ago. For years, the rate at which removal...

Secure Communities and ICE Deportation: A Failed Program?

"Secure Communities, a massive government surveillance program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has failed to increase the removal of its primary announced targets: noncitizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations. According to a new examination of...

ICE Deportations: Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship (TRAC)

TRAC, Apr. 9, 2014 : "Case-by-case records on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during FY 2012 and FY 2013 provide a more complete portrait of the demographic composition of recent deportees. These results are based upon analyses of ICE records recently obtained by the Transactional...

ICE Rarely Uses Prosecutorial Discretion to Close Immigration Cases: TRAC

"The use of prosecutorial discretion (PD) by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to close cases in the Immigration Courts continues to be relatively rare -- only 6.7 percent of cases were closed on this basis between October 2012 and March 2014. Overall PD usage has hovered in the six to eight...

Arizona Driving Changes in Criminal Immigration Re-entry Prosecutions: TRAC

" The latest available data from the Justice Department covering the first six months of FY 2014 indicate that substantial changes are occurring in the criminal enforcement of the immigration laws, particularly among those districts along the border with Mexico. Overall, the new data document a...

TRAC Sues DHS Over FOIA Classification

" TRAC co-directors Susan B. Long and David Burnham have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by blocking their access to data. Long and Burnham say ICE unfairly classified...

Juvenile Cases Help Push Immigration Court Backlog to New High: TRAC

TRAC, July 10, 2014 : "As of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has climbed to an all time high of 375,503 -- an increase of more than 50,000 since the start of FY 2013 -- according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the...

New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court: TRAC

" Records just obtained under the Freedom of Information Act offer new insights about government policies governing the handling of the recent surge of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the United States. As of the end of June 2014, the more than 100,000 case records obtained and analyzed...

Rise Seen in Asylum Denial Rates: TRAC

"The odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court has risen to 50.2 percent during the first nine months of 2014. While this is the highest denial rate since FY 2009, it is still much lower than ten years ago when nearly two out of three (62.6%) of those individuals seeking asylum lost...

TRAC: Immigration Court Backlog Nears 400,000

"The number of cases awaiting resolution in the Immigration Courts had grown to 396,552 by the end of July 2014. This backlog increased by nearly 75,000 cases, or 22 percent, since the start of fiscal year 2013, according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Access...

TRAC: Civil Immigration Offenses Account for 80% of Immigration Court Deportation Orders

"Immigration Court judges have ordered 82,878 individuals deported so far this fiscal year, according to the latest data as of the end of August. But in only 16,375 of these cases, about one out of every five, had the government sought the removal order because of criminal or other activity that...

ICE Detainers Decline 39 Percent Since FY 2012 - TRAC

"There has been a dramatic drop in the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the latest available data from the agency. In the eighteen month period from the end of FY 2012 through March 2014, there has been a 39 percent decrease in the number of ICE...

In Two out of Three Pending Cases, Unaccompanied Children Have No Representation in Immigration Court: TRAC

"Unaccompanied children are represented by an attorney in only about one-third (32%) of 63,721 cases pending in Immigration Court as of October 31, 2014, according to the latest data obtained and analyzed by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). For cases decided...

Immigration Removal Orders Rise, But With Wide Variation By Court: TRAC

"The U.S. Immigration Court is granting a greater proportion of the deportation orders that are being requested by the government. According to the latest case-by-case records, current through the end of November 2014, the Immigration Court granted 54.8 percent of such orders issued during the first...