|(08 Sep 2011)
An examination of millions of case-by-case records show that the overall number of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deportation proceedings in the Immigration Courts in the decade after 9/11 were up by almost one half (45%) -- from 1.6 million in the ten years before the attack to 2.3 million in the ten years since.
But the data also show that DHS requests for removal orders on terrorism and national security charges -- always a very small part of the total -- have declined from what they were before the attacks. Likewise, in the decade after 9/11 the number of deportation proceedings on those charged with criminal activity has also fallen.
Very recently, while the overall volume of deportation proceedings has remained high, the number of deportation proceedings initiated against individuals charged with criminal activity has dropped by 22 percent during the last 12 months. The changes in agency operations that have emerged from an analysis of Immigration Court records by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) conflict with the public statements made by officials under both President Bush and President Obama. The report can be viewed at:
In addition to documenting the government's performance in this aspect of an essential program, TRAC's report also provides an extremely timely app (current through July 26) where the public, news organizations, public interest groups, lawyers and others can obtain year-by-year, state-by-state, charge-by-charge and immigration court-by-immigration court information tracking deportation proceedings for both the DHS and its predecessor agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
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