Immigration Law

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COVID-19 Pandemic Drives up Immigration Court Backlog and Delays: TRAC
Posted on 18 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 18, 2020 "The partial shutdown of the Immigration Court in the wake of COVID-19 continues to impact hundreds of thousands of immigrants awaiting their day in court. The current active court case backlog as of the end of August 2020... Read More

TRAC Releases New Asylum Data...With a Warning
Posted on 18 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept 16, 2020 "TRAC will begin once again releasing asylum data received from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). After repeatedly uncovering issues in the quality of EOIR's data, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse... Read More

Tags: TRAC , eoir , asylum

TRAC Documents EOIR's Lies re Admin. Closure
Posted on 10 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 10, 2020 " The Life and Death of Administrative Closure In August 2020, the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) [1] proposed a new rule that would effectively eliminate administrative closure as a docket management tool... Read More

EOIR's Disappearing Data: McHenry Stonewalls
Posted on 16 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 16, 2020 " EOIR Director McHenry Replies To TRAC's Letters But Ignores Agency's Data Troubles Despite TRAC's appeals to the EOIR, Immigration Court records continue to disappear each month. This is unfortunately still the... Read More

Tags: TRAC , eoir , mchenry

TRAC Sounds the Alarm: EOIR Stats "Too Unreliable to be Meaningful"
Posted on 8 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 3, 2020 " EOIR's Data Release on Asylum So Deficient Public Should Not Rely on Accuracy of Court Records TRAC has concluded that the data updated through April 2020 it has just received on asylum and other applications for relief... Read More

Tags: TRAC , eoir

The Hidden Impact of Removal Proceedings on Rural Communities: TRAC
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 9, 2020 "Although the Immigration Courts with the largest backlogs of cases are located in large cities, the latest Immigration Court records show that when adjusted for population, many rural counties have higher rates of residents... Read More

TRAC Sues DOJ for Failure to Comply with FOIA
Posted on 11 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Mar. 11, 2020 For Immediate Release: March 11, 2020 Contact: Susan B. Long, TRAC (315) 443-3563 David Burnham, TRAC (315) 443-3563 David L. Sobel (202) 246-6180 Full Text of Complaint Help Support TRAC's FOIA... Read More


Record Number of Asylum Cases in FY 2019: TRAC
Posted on 9 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 8, 2019 "Immigration judges decided a record number of asylum cases in FY 2019. This past year judges decided 67,406 asylum cases, nearly two-and-a-half times the number from five years ago when judges decided 19,779 asylum cases. Asylum... Read More

Tags: TRAC , asylum

ICE Focus Shifts Away from Detaining Serious Criminals - TRAC
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 25, 2019 "Much in the news has been the increasing number of immigrants being held in custody. This report profiles those individuals Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained. Based on case-by-case records recently obtained... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

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