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Record Number of New Immigration Court Cases Arrive in August; Destinations For Asylum Seekers
(20 Sep 2023) Shifting A total of 180,065 new deportation cases arrived at the Immigration Court during August. This is a jump of 19 percent in just one month; July filings had reached a previous high of 151,910. While the growth rate of 19 percent is large, it has moderated from the 28 percent jump seen from June to July. See more...
Prison Sentencing Patterns for Drug Offenses in U.S. District Courts
(13 Sep 2023) Detailed data on federal sentencing, updated through June 2023, found the median length of prison sentences for federal drug crimes was 60 months (or 5 years). However, sentence length varied greatly depending upon the federal courthouse and the judge handling the case. Federal district court judges in San Diego had the widest variation in their median or typical prison sentences. There one judge assigned a median prison sentence of 13 months during the five-year study period, while a colleague on the same bench gave a median prison sentence of 77.5 months. See more...
Immigrant Detention Numbers, Driven by CBP Arrests, at Highest Point Since Start of Biden Administration
(01 Sep 2023) According to the latest data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency was detaining 32,743 migrants on August 27, 2023. This is the highest point since the start of the Biden administration. The growth in detention in recent weeks has been driven by a steady growth in arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). See more...
ICE Expands Testing of GPS Watch to Immigrants in Los Angeles
(21 Aug 2023) According to the latest data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency expanded its testing of a GPS watch called the VeriWatch to electronically monitor immigrants in Los Angeles. ICE previously announced that it would be testing the use of the watch on 50 immigrants in its Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program who were living in the Denver area. However, since the previous data on ATD data were released in mid-July, a new cohort of about 50 migrants are reportedly being monitored by the agency out of the Los Angeles office, an expansion that did not appear to come with a public announcement and may indicate further testing or a coming expansion of the use of this new technology. See more...
The Changing Make-Up of Immigration Court Cases Now That Title 42 Has Ended
(16 Aug 2023) A large influx of new Immigration Court cases was widely expected after the termination on May 11, 2023, of Title 42 -- a public health policy that allowed individuals arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to be immediately expelled without a hearing. According to the latest case-by-case records released by the Immigration Courts, this influx did not occur. See more...
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