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February 13, 2014

Immigration Judges Granting ICE Deportation Requests At Lower Rates
By David Iaconangelo

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research center at Syracuse University which files for and makes public data on the federal government’s activities, reports that according to recently obtained data, immigration judges nationally are less likely than ever before to agree with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when the agency seeks a deportation order. In the first four months of fiscal year 2014, 50.3 percent of all ICE deportation requests across the United States ended up being granted by the judge assigned to the case. That rate is lower than that of fiscal year 2013, when 52.9 percent of immigrants whose deportation was sought by ICE ended up having an order of removal issued. TRAC notes that rates have been dropping steadily since 2011 after hovering for years between 70 and 90 percent. That year (2011) is the same year then-director of ICE John Morton issued a memo which recommended that agents refrain from pursuing prosecution in the case of certain undocumented immigrants (like “Dreamers” and those with other close community ties to the US) and instead focus resources more on those with criminal records.

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