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February 18, 2014

Immigrants Are Winning Half of All Deportation Cases So Far This Year
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

For the first time in about two decades, immigrants fighting deportation removal orders were more likely to win their cases in immigration court, according to a new report out Thursday by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Just over half of all immigrants who take their cases to immigration court are either allowed to stay in the country for an extended period of time or permanently. During the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year (October 2013 to January 2014), immigration judges granted deportation reprieve to 50.3 percent of the total 42,816 cases. Almost 6,700 immigrants living in Texas were ordered deported, while 14,383 Mexicans made up 49 percent of all deportees throughout the United States. Judges in Georgia, Louisiana, and Utah were more likely to side with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, while judges in California, New York, and Oregon were more likely to side with immigrants. The report found that immigration judges ruled 81 percent of the time to deport immigrant detainees in Georgia. Seventy-eight percent of immigrants deported from Georgia were detained at Stewart Detention Center, which is listed as one of ten worst detention centers in the United States.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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