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The Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2014

Texas immigration courts order deportations at much higher rate than nation, according to TRAC
By Dianne Solis


Immigrants in Texas immigration courts stand a 71 percent of being ordered deported, compared to about a 55 percent rate for the nation, according to a fresh report this Friday from a Syracuse University research center. Dallas immigration courts are particularly tough with 82 percent of those there getting removal or deportations orders, says the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. Houston is tougher at 92 percent and San Antonio much less so at 38 percent. And that brings one to the reportís central point: Thereís wide variation in deportation orders from court to court among the nationís 225 or so judges. The federal immigration courts are also granting a greater proportion of the deportation orders that are requested by the government in the first two months of the 2015 fiscal year. On average, deportation orders were granted about half the time in the last fiscal year, ended Sept. 30, and, in Texas, such removals were granted at a lower rate of 66 percent. Texas has been a tough-on-immigrants venue for years, TRAC data shows. New York state, by comparison, has been more lenient for the last decade.


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