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National Immigration Forum
February 2011

Immigration Enforcement Fiscal Overview: Where are We, and Where are We Going?

COURTS STRAINED BY RECORD PROSECUTIONS: Other concerns arise from the perpetual growth of immigration enforcement inside our borders. While billions are spent to detain and remove immigrants, the budget for immigration courts responsible for hearing and adjudicating immigration cases has barely grown. Record numbers of cases have been jammed into the immigration court system, leading to staggering backlogs. Immigration judges are dismissing an ever-larger number of removal cases brought by ICE. These dismissals raise two concerns. First, ICE’s constantly growing enforcement apparatus is targeting individuals who are not legally removable. Second, the immigration courts perform a critical check on the enforcement authority of the Department of Homeland Security and must be funded at a level that allows them to perform their oversight role. [citing TRAC research]

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