Immigration Law

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Burgeoning Immigration Judge Workloads - TRAC
Posted on 23 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, May 23, 2019 "The hiring pace for new judges continues to be insufficient to keep up with the Immigration Court's workload. As a result, the court's backlog continues to climb. While 47 new judges were hired during the first six months... Read More

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

Newly Arriving Families Not Main Reason for Immigration Court's Growing Backlog: TRAC
Posted on 21 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Mar. 18, 2019 "The Immigration Court backlog continues to rise. As of February 28, 2019, the number of pending cases on the court's active docket topped eight hundred and fifty-five thousand (855,807) cases. This is an increase of over... Read More

TRAC Tracks Immigration Court Bond Hearings, Case Outcomes
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Feb. 12, 2019 "Given the increased public discussion over who ICE should detain and how long they should remain detained, TRAC has developed a new web query bond outcomes tool . The tool allows users to drill in to examine, month-by-month... Read More

Three-fold Difference in Immigration Bond Amounts by Court Location - TRAC
Posted on 2 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, July 2, 2018 - "Using the latest available case-by-case court records, current through May 2018, this report examines the outcome of custody hearings before immigration judges. At custody hearings, the judge decides whether or not the immigrant... Read More

Immigration Courts Completed 7.3 Percent More Cases in FY 2015 - TRAC
Posted on 16 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 15, 2015 - "Immigration Court judges were able to complete almost 200,000 cases last year, up 7.3 percent from the year before, according to the latest available case-by-case court records, current as of the close of fiscal year 2015.... Read More

Refugee Kids Face Uneven Justice
Posted on 6 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"After fleeing Central America, child migrants now face a very uneven brand of justice in U.S. immigration courts, where access to a lawyer and the location of the court itself are often the deciding variables in who stays and who doesn’t.... Read More

Immigration Detention is Big Business
Posted on 26 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, April 12, 2016 - "This report presents an overview of ICE's custody system, and accompanies a series of reports covering each detention facility." Walter Ewing, AIC, Apr. 26, 2016 - "It is easy to forget at times just how sprawling... Read More

Immigration Court's Rising Backlog Now at 521,676 Cases - TRAC
Posted on 9 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 9, 2016 - " The latest Immigration Court data show the growth in the court's crushing backlog of cases continued through the first month of FY 2017. During the month of October, the court's backlog rose by 5,645 cases, and reached... Read More

Immigration Now 52 Percent of All Federal Criminal Prosecutions - TRAC
Posted on 28 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 28, 2016 - "Immigration remains the major focus of federal criminal enforcement efforts. The latest available data show that criminal prosecutions for illegal entry, illegal re-entry, and similar immigration violations made up 52 percent... Read More

Immigration Court Priority Family Case Backlog Surpasses 100,000 - TRAC
Posted on 18 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 17, 2017 - "The number of judges is still insufficient to handle the growing backlog in the Immigration Court. The court's crushing workload reached a record-breaking 533,909 pending cases as the court closed out calendar year 2016... Read More

TRAC: Legal Representation Makes 14X Difference in 'Women with Children' Immigration Court Cases
Posted on 17 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Results continue to show that the single most important factor in determining outcome is whether or not these individuals are represented in their court proceedings. For cases concluded thus far, the odds of being allowed to remain in this country... Read More

TRAC Report: Potential Impact of Immigration Raids Targeting Women with Children
Posted on 15 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 14, 2016 - " Earlier this month the Obama Administration announced immigration raids that would be targeting women and children. While ICE has not released figures on the number of families that could potentially be targeted in future... Read More

Tags: report , women , TRAC , Children , raids

Free TRAC Webinar Today, Feb. 15, 2012: Drop In Deportation Orders
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC Upcoming Webinars: New Data Tracking ICE Prosecutorial Discretion (13 Feb 2012) The Latest data tracking ICE prosecutorial discretion show that new filings seeking deportation orders in Immigration Court from October - December 2011... Read More

Tags: webinar , TRAC

Growth In Immigration Backlog Slowing - TRAC
Posted on 8 Feb 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The number of cases awaiting a resolution before the Immigration Courts reached a total of 300,225 at the end of December 2011, up from 297,551 at the end of September. Although the backlog continued to grow, according to the very latest ... Read More