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Hartford Courant
December 17, 2017

Arrests Rise, Deportations Fall Slightly Under Trump
By Matthew Ormseth

Though Trump’s pledges to curb unauthorized immigration did not translate to the dramatic uptick in deportations he may have hoped for, the agency’s report points to a few factors that could explain the trend, including a precipitous drop in illegal border crossings and a logjam in federal immigration courts. It is much easier to deport immigrants arrested at the border than those arrested in the American interior, the report states, because those already living in the country tend to have pending legal motions that take time to resolve. And a backlog in the immigration court system that addresses those disputes has further gummed up the deportation apparatus. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University estimates there are 650,411 cases pending in the system. On average, each case has been pending for 691 days.

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