Immigration Law

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A National Assessment of the Biden Administration's Dedicated Docket Initiative
Posted on 6 Dec 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Dec. 6, 2022 "The Immigration Court's Dedicated Docket (DD) program was created by the Biden administration to speed the processing of families seeking asylum after arriving along the Southwest Border. Over 110,000 DD cases covering each... Read More

Speeding Up the Asylum Process Leads to Mixed Results: TRAC
Posted on 29 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 29, 2022 "Latest case-by-case court records through October 2022 reveal that FY 2022 marked the largest number of individuals granted asylum in any year in the Immigration Court’s history. Grant rates averaged 46%, up from 36%... Read More

Tags: TRAC , asylum

Quality vs Quantity: How Does Sitting on the Dedicated Docket Impact the Judging Process?
Posted on 17 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 16, 2022 "The outcome for asylum seekers has long been influenced by the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear their case. This has been well documented, including by the annual judge-by-judge reports that TRAC has compiled... Read More

New Data Sheds Light on What Happens to People Found Inadmissible at U.S. Ports of Entry
Posted on 9 Aug 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Aug. 9, 2022 "People arriving at each of the more than 300 U.S. ports of entry must be inspected by Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers employed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before being allowed into the country. As a result... Read More

CBP Fails to File NTAs Leading to Large Numbers of Dismissals
Posted on 29 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, July 29, 2022 "One out of every six new cases DHS initiates in Immigration Court are now being dismissed because CBP officials are not filing the actual “Notice to Appear” (NTA) with the Court. The latest case-by-case Court records... Read More

Few Granted Asylum Under MPP 2.0
Posted on 15 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 14, 2022 "Case-by-case Immigration Court records current as of the end of May 2022 show that during the last six months, over 5,000 asylum seekers have been required to remain in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) while... Read More

Over 225,000 Immigrants Monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Technology: TRAC
Posted on 30 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 28, 2022 "According to new data available in TRAC's Quick Facts detention data tool, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now monitoring 227,508 immigrants using 'alternatives to detention' (ATD) technology. The most common... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

The Impact of Nationality, Language, Gender and Age on Asylum Success: TRAC
Posted on 7 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Dec. 7, 2021 "Under the new Biden administration asylum seekers are seeing greater success in securing asylum in Immigration Court. While asylum grant rates declined during the Trump years to a low of just 29 percent in FY 2020, they climbed... Read More

Tags: TRAC , asylum

Immigration Court's Data on Minors Facing Deportation is Too Faulty to Be Trusted: TRAC
Posted on 2 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Dec. 2, 2021 "After careful analysis and consideration, TRAC is forced to suspend its publication of data on juveniles facing deportation in Immigration Court due to serious, unresolved deficiencies in the EOIR's data. TRAC's analyses... Read More

Tags: TRAC , eoir

Immigration Court Backlog Nears 1.5 Million Cases: TRAC
Posted on 15 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 15, 2021 "Including nearly 50,000 new deportation cases filed in Immigration Court in just October 2021, the total pending cases in the Immigration Courts now reaches 1,486,495 according to TRAC's updated Quick Facts tools . Immigration... Read More

Asylum Grant Rates Climb Under Biden: TRAC
Posted on 10 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Nov. 10, 2021 "Under the new Biden administration, asylum seekers are seeing greater success rates in securing asylum. While relief grant rates had fallen ever lower during the Trump years to just 29 percent in FY 2020, they rose to 37 percent... Read More

Tags: TRAC , asylum

Number of New Deportation Cases Far Outpaces Completed Cases in FY 2021: TRAC
Posted on 14 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Oct. 14, 2021 - "According to TRAC’s updated Quick Facts tools , the number of new deportation cases filed with the Courts in FY 2021–over 315,000–is more than double the number of completed cases over the same period which... Read More

Tags: deportation , TRAC

ICE Now Monitors About 118,000 Immigrants Through Its Alternatives to Detention Program: TRAC
Posted on 2 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 2, 2021 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is monitoring record numbers of immigrants through its "Alternatives to Detention" programs that rely on GPS monitors, smartphone technology, and telephonic reporting to monitor... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Judge Hauls Officials Into Court After ICE Refuses to Comply With Court Order
Posted on 5 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Aug. 5, 2021 " In an unusual move, U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., rebuked Immigration and Customs Enforcement for “thumbing its nose” at the court in a... Read More

Tags: FOIA , TRAC , ICE

MPP Transfers Into United States Slow and Nationality Inequities Emerge: TRAC
Posted on 18 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 17, 2021 "As of the end of May 2021, a total of 10,375 individuals formerly forced to remain in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) have been able to enter the United States since President Biden ended this Trump-era... Read More