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Immigration Court Case Backlog Reaches Record High: Law360 / TRAC

Kelly Knaub, Law360, May 15, 2015 - " The backlog of immigration cases has hit an all-time high of 445,607, with California, Texas, New York, Florida and New Jersey being the top backlogged states, according to data obtained by Syracuse University research center Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse...

TRAC: Legal Representation Makes 14X Difference in 'Women with Children' Immigration Court Cases

"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 were increased more than fourteen-fold if women...

TRAC Report: Ballooning Wait Times for Hearing Dates in Overworked Immigration Courts

TRAC, Sept. 21, 2015 - "There were nearly a half million individual deportation cases (456,644) pending before the judges in the nation's clearly overwhelmed Immigration Courts at the end of August, according to the very latest information obtained from the U.S. Department of Justice and analyzed...

Immigration Courts Completed 7.3 Percent More Cases in FY 2015 - TRAC

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. Preliminary figures indicate a total of 198,105 case...

ICE Could Knock on Doors of 18,000 Central American Women, Kids

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress, Jan. 15, 2016 - "Beyond the wave of immigration raids targeting 121 individuals for potential deportation proceedings earlier this month by the Obama administration, there may be thousands more Central American women and children who remain at risk for being rounded...

TRAC Report: Potential Impact of Immigration Raids Targeting Women with Children

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 raids, a total of 18,607 "women with children"...

TRAC: ICE Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program

TRAC, Jan. 21, 2016 - " The 7,117 detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during October 2015 suggests that their use appears to have stabilized in the four months since the launch of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) in June 2015. Thus PEP, which replaced the Secure Communities...

Average Wait Time in Immigration Court Rises to 667 Days: TRAC

TRAC, Feb. 12, 2016 - " As of the end of January 2016, open cases in U.S. Immigration Court have been waiting for an average of 667 days, a new high. This is 3.7 percent longer than the 643 days average wait time at the end of FY 2015 (September 2015) and is 17.6 percent higher than it was at the...

Immigration Detention is Big Business

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 and labyrinthine the U.S. immigration detention...

Increase in Civil Immigration Litigation - TRAC

TRAC, May 17, 2016 - " The latest available data from the federal courts show that during April 2016 the government reported 235 new civil filings in the immigration category. Such lawsuits have been rising fairly steadily during the past year, and are now up 37.7 percent from a year ago. The number...

TRAC Announces Free Detainer Web App plus Report on Latest ICE Detainer Outcomes

TRAC, Aug. 12, 2016 - " A free new web app on ICE detainers that provides users very extensive information about every ICE I-247 form sent to individual state and local enforcement agencies during FY 2003 to FY 2016 has been developed and posted by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse...

New Findings for Individuals Released on Bond in Immigration Court - TRAC (Sept. 14, 2016)

TRAC, Sept. 14, 2016 - " Court records show that at least half - and in some years upwards of two-thirds - of those who have been proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for deportation in the Immigration Courts are held in ICE detention facilities. The records further show that...

TRAC: Priority Cases Overwhelm Immigration Court's Capacity to Handle

TRAC, Sept. 15, 2016 - " The number of judges continue to prove insufficient to handle the growing backlog in the Immigration Courts. The problems are particularly acute for handling even priority cases like those involving unaccompanied children and women with children according to the latest court...

Many Unrepresented Families Quickly Deported Via 'Rocket Docket" - TRAC

TRAC, Oct. 18, 2016 - "When families initially do not have an attorney to represent them, disposing of their cases quickly may prevent them from locating an attorney. Yet whether or not the family is represented is the single most important factor in whether families ultimately will win their case...

Immigration Court's Rising Backlog Now at 521,676 Cases - TRAC

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 521,676. In California, the backlog rose to a...

Latest Asylum Denial Rates for Each Immigration Court Judge - TRAC

TRAC, Nov. 10, 2016 - " TRAC has just published the ninth in its long running series of reports covering each Immigration Judge's decisions on asylum cases. The latest report series consists of 268 separate reports and includes each Immigration Judge who decided at least 100 asylum cases between...

Immigration Now 52 Percent of All Federal Criminal Prosecutions - TRAC

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 of all federal prosecutions in FY 2016. During...

Asylum Outcome Increasingly Depends on Judge Assigned - TRAC

TRAC, Dec. 2, 2016 - "The outcome for asylum seekers has become increasingly dependent upon the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear their case. While judge-to-judge decision disparities have long existed, a detailed comparison of asylum decisions handed down by judges sitting on the...

Asylum Denial Rates Rise to 57 Percent in FY 2016, Unrepresented Increase - TRAC

TRAC, Dec. 13, 2016 - " Denials of asylum by immigration judges continued to rise last year. As of the end of September 2016, overall asylum denial rates for FY 2016 had risen to 57 percent. The number of asylum cases decided by immigration judges last year also increased nearly twenty percent to...

Immigration Court Priority Family Case Backlog Surpasses 100,000 - TRAC

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, up 4.2 percent in just the last four months. ...

ICE Immigration Raids: A Primer (TRAC)

TRAC, Feb. 14, 2017 - There are widespread reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fugitive operations teams conducted immigration roundups in a number of communities across the country last week. This report breaks down the numbers on ICE apprehensions in recent...

The Immigration Court's Institutional Hearing Program: How Will It Be Affected (TRAC, Feb. 22, 2017)

TRAC, Feb. 22, 2017 - "Special Immigration Court hearings under the court's Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) appear slated for expansion under President Trump. A new directive, signed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday, February 20, provides that "to the...

Suits Challenging Confinement of Noncitizens Jump (TRAC, Feb. 21, 2017)

TRAC, Feb. 21, 2017 - "Habeas corpus filings in federal courts challenging the confinement of noncitizens have risen sharply. The latest available data from the federal courts show that during January 2017 the government reported 168 new habeas corpus civil filings by noncitizens. According to the...

ICE Refuses To Release More Comprehensive Detainer Data - TRAC

TRAC, Mar. 20, 2017 - "Today Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued its first weekly report on detainers that it said had been refused by non-federal law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, the information ICE released is very limited and selective. At the same...

Under Trump: Civil Lawsuits Up To Redress Immigration Action and Inaction

TRAC, Apr. 24, 2017 - "The latest available data from the federal courts show that, as of the end of March 2017, there have been 763 new civil immigration lawsuits filed in disputes involving immigration matters since January 20, 2017 when President Trump assumed office. Almost all of these lawsuits...