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Growth In Immigration Backlog Slowing - TRAC

"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 data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records...

Free TRAC Webinar Focuses on Shifts in Immigration Court Orders and Backlogs

(24 Apr 2012) During the most recent quarter (January-March 2012), the Immigration Courts issued 2,429 fewer deportation orders than in the previous quarter (October-December 2011). The proportion of cases resulting in an ordered deportation also fell slightly to only 64.1 percent. At the...

Immigration Court Backlogs and Wait Times Reach New Highs

From TRAC on July 19, 2012 : The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts keeps rising, along with the average time these pending cases have been waiting. At the end of June 2012 the backlog reached a new all-time high of 314,147. According to the very latest data obtained and...

Free Webinar Thurs. Aug. 2nd: ICE Prosecutorial Discretion, Immigration Court Filings and Closure

TRAC, Aug. 1, 2012 : "A free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, August 2 at 2:00pm (Eastern US time) to present and discuss how the exercise of prosecutorial discretion by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has impacted the filing and closing of cases in the Immigration Courts. The webinar...

Latest Immigration Court Numbers, August 2012: TRAC

ICE Requests for Deportation Orders Down 2.2 Percent; Court Deportation Orders Higher in August; Immigration Court Backlog, Wait Times Keep Rising; Cases Processed Under ICE Prosecutorial Discretion - TRAC, Sept. 13, 2012 .

Immigration Court Backlog Reaches New High

TRAC, Mar. 13, 2013 - " The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has risen along with the average time these pending cases have been waiting. As of the end of February 2013, the backlog has reached a new all-time high of 325,296. According to the very latest data obtained...

Wait Times in Immigration Courts Increased in March 2013; Average 555 Days!

"Wait times in the Immigration Courts continue to rise. According to the data through March 2013 obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the average number of days cases have been waiting has reached 555 days , up from 531 days at the end of FY 2012. The backlog...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dilley Cases Move from Denver to Miami

"the EOIR has announced that immigration cases arising out of the Dilley, Texas, immigration detention facility will no longer be heard by judges from the Denver Immigration Court. Rather, from here on out, Dilley cases will be reassigned to the Miami Immigration Court. What's the effect of...

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...

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...

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...