Putting TRAC to Work
Submitted to United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
March 20, 2013

Hearing on “Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values”
By Written Statement of the American Civil Liberties Union, Ahilan T. Arulanantham

The rules governing release from immigration prison while cases are pending are critically important because of the time it can take to resolve an immigration case. While some cases are decided quickly, many others can take years to finish, often because of systemic failures for which DHS and DOJ are largely responsible. The backlog of immigration cases in the immigration court system reached a historic high in September 2012 and is currently more than 23 percent higher than at the end of FY 2010. In FY 2012, cases were pending an average of 531 days on the immigration court docket. Immigration court case receipts that year topped more than 410,000 matters, with 36 percent of completions being detained cases.......[citing TRAC research].

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