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Speeding Up the Asylum Process Leads to Mixed Results
(29 Nov 2022) Latest case-by-case court records through October 2022 reveal that FY 2022 marked the largest number of individuals granted asylum in any year in the Immigration Court’s history. Grant rates averaged 46%, up from 36% in FY 2021. Not only were more asylum applications granted by Immigration Judges than ever before, but many asylum cases moved through the system faster due to a variety of Biden administration initiatives, including the Dedicated Docket. In this program, families seeking asylum were given expedited proceedings and moved to the head of the line, in front of those waiting in the Court’s existing 1,977,988 case backlog. See more...
ICE Alternatives to Detention Program Continues Its Expansion
(28 Nov 2022) According to data released today by ICE, the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, which currently houses single adults (mostly females) and is run by CoreCivic, continues to have the largest average daily population of detainees (1,590) in the country. See more...
ICE Detains More Individuals
(21 Nov 2022) The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, which currently houses single adults (mostly females) has more than doubled the number of individuals it is holding since September. ICE reports this facility run by CoreCivic now has the largest average daily population of detainees (1,562) in the country. See more...
Quality vs Quantity: How Does Sitting on the Dedicated Docket Impact the Judging Process?
(16 Nov 2022) The outcome for asylum seekers has long been influenced by the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear their case. This continues to be true as documented by TRAC's just released judge-by-judge report series, now updated through FY 2022. In Arlington, Virginia, judge denial rates ranged from 15 percent to 95 percent. In Boston, judge denial rates varied from 17 percent to 93.5 percent. In Chicago, they ranged from 16 percent to 90 percent, while in San Francisco one judge denied just 1 percent of the cases while another denied 95 percent. See more...
Nearly 500,000 Immigrants Go Through ICE's Alternatives to Detention System in Two Years
(20 Oct 2022) According to new data obtained by TRAC through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, 480,301 people have been enrolled in ICE's electronic monitoring program known as Alternatives to Detention (ATD) between August 2020 and June 2022. Many of these individuals, about 196,000, were previously active in ATD but have since ceased to be monitored under ATD, while 284,000 immigrants were still in ATD as of the end of June. See more...
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