|(21 Feb 2012)
The number of deportation proceedings initiated during October to December 2011 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the nation's 50-plus Immigration Courts fell sharply to only 39,331 -- down 33 percent from 58,639 filings recorded the previous quarter.
Filings are typically lower at this time of year, but even adjusting for this seasonal drop off and for late reporting, there appear to have been over 10,000 fewer deportation filings than would have been expected last quarter. Even with fewer filings there is little evidence that these cases are being better targeted toward serious criminals.
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TRAC's findings are based on case-by-case data obtained from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
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