|(07 Aug 2017)
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has just released a brand new web mapping application
that allows the public to examine for the very first time the number of individuals residing in each state, county, and local community within a county, who have pending cases before the Immigration Court.
The level of geographic detail now available reveals some surprising facts. There are a very large number of communities across the country that now have residents with cases before the Immigration Court. Currently pending court cases directly involve residents in 11,894 communities across the country. Indeed, a startling 2,507 separate counties in the United States - more than three out of every four counties (78%) - have residents with cases currently pending before the Immigration Court. And a total of 39 out of the 50 states have 1,000 or more residents now before the Immigration Court.
Twenty-two states have communities on the list of the top 100 places with the largest number of pending court cases. A total of 30 out of these top 100 communities are located in California. New York has twelve. Texas and Florida each have ten. Virginia has eight.
Leading the list is Houston, Texas with a total of 33,360 pending cases, following by Queens and Brooklyn New York with 25,420 and 14,960 cases respectively. Los Angeles, California with 14,287 pending cases and San Fernando Valley, California with 9,311 pending cases were in fourth and fifth place.
To view the report with the top 100 communities go to:
To access the new mapping application that contains details on every state, county, and community in the country, go to:
In addition, many of TRAC's free query tools - which track the court' backlog, new DHS filings, court dispositions, the handling of juvenile cases and much more - have now been updated through June 2017. For an index to the full list of TRAC's immigration tools go to:
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