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New York Daily News
February 13, 2012

Welcome to deportation nation
By Robert Morganthau

When the executive branch is unwilling to make principled decisions in prosecuting cases, the problem travels further along the process — to immigration court. No one could look at the operation of our immigration courts and call it justice. The courts are drowning in deportation cases. At the end of 2011, the average case in an average immigration court had languished for 507 days — nearly a year and a half — without disposition. In the typical immigration court docket are found relatively few criminals and virtually no suspected terrorists. According to the most recent figures, only 8.2% of the pending docket are immigrants charged with “engaging in criminal activities,” “aiding in terrorism” or engaging in other actions adverse to national security.

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