|(10 Jan 2013)
The latest available data from the Immigration Courts show that during December 2012 the government reported 14,898 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filings seeking deportation orders.
Such filings are down 25 percent through the first three months of FY 2013 when compared with average monthly filings during FY 2012, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Requests for deportation orders were slightly lower in the month of December -- down 0.2 percent -- than the earlier low reached during November.
December also saw a thousand new prosecutorial discretion (PD) closures of cases before the Immigration Courts, fewer than in any month since last April. Overall there were a cumulative 13,407 PD closures through the end of December, representing about 4.8 percent of the Court backlog.
TRAC's monthly bulletin on the latest Immigration Court numbers offers very timely statistics compiled from case-by-case Immigration Court records we receive shortly after the end of each month. For more details, with numbers current as of December 31, 2012, see the latest bulletin at:
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