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Asylum Denial Rates Continue to Climb in 2020 - Judge-by-Judge Details
(28 Oct 2020) Despite the partial court shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year immigration judges managed to issue the second highest number of asylum decisions in the last two decades. The rate of denial continued to climb to a record high of 72 percent, up from 55 percent during the last year of the Obama Administration in FY 2016. See more...
Child Sex Trafficking Prosecutions Fall During Trump Administration
(26 Oct 2020) The latest available case-by-case federal government records show that in September 2020 federal prosecutors brought criminal charges against eleven (11) individuals for child sex trafficking under 18 USC 1591. Altogether in FY 2020, the federal government reports 180 new prosecutions where child sex trafficking was the lead charge. See more...
MPP Cases Highest Since Start of Pandemic
(20 Oct 2020) According to Immigration Court records obtained by TRAC, the number of new deportation cases under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) is on the rise after a year of month-over-month declines. Also known as "Remain in Mexico," under MPP individuals seeking asylum at the country's southwest border have been sent back to Mexico to await their immigration hearings. See more...
The Pandemic and ICE Use of Detainers in FY 2020
(19 Oct 2020) The pandemic appears to have caused only a temporary and modest drop in detainer usage by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). By mid-April detainer usage already started climbing back up. These figures are based on the latest detainer-by-detainer internal ICE records, updated through June 2020, obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. See more...
Few Immigration Criminal Prosecutions, While Non-Immigration Prosecutions Rebound
(22 Sep 2020) Federal criminal prosecutions nationally have now largely returned to the pace that prevailed before the pandemic hit and federal offices closed in mid-March across the country. This is true except for prosecutions for immigration offenses which have not returned to their pre-pandemic levels. See more...
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