|(23 Jul 2012)
As of June 28, 2012 a total of 5,684 cases were closed under a special Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program announced last August.
The stated goal of the program is to reduce the backlog of pending cases by identifying those that could be dismissed or put on hold through the exercise of prosecutorial discretion (PD). The number of cases closed under this program -- up from 4,585 as of the end of May -- still amounted to only 1.9 percent of the 298,173 cases pending before the Immigration Courts as of the end of last September.
The largest number of PD closures for any country was 3,060 for Mexico, representing 2.9 percent of the backlog for this country. South Korea had the highest PD closure rate of 3.9 percent, followed by Cameroon with 3.6 percent. At the other extreme, China saw only 63 of 26,579 cases closed due to PD, just 0.2 percent of the backlog for this country. India was next lowest, with a PD closure rate of 0.8 percent.
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These findings will be among the topics addressed in a free webinar titled "ICE Prosecutorial Discretion: Latest Details on New Immigration Court Filings and Closures" scheduled for Thursday, August 2 at 2:00 PM (Eastern US). To register for this event, go to:
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), which include hearing location as well as the special codes that identified closures under ICE's prosecutorial discretion initiative. TRAC is thus able to provide an interactive tool offering a unique and detailed look at the cases for each court and hearing location as of the end of June. TRAC's tool also provides prosecutorial discretion closures by type, as well as compared with each court's pending caseload. Go to:
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