TRAC Asks EOIR to Issue Correction to Public Statements Regarding Incomplete and Inaccurate Data

On October 31, 2019, TRAC published a report that outlined our recent unsuccessful attempts to address inaccurate data published by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the agency within the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the U.S. Immigration Court system. In a response to a journalist, a spokesperson for the EOIR claimed, "to the best of our knowledge, the EOIR data release is accurate and up-to-date." We disagree. Based on a careful review of the data published by the EOIR in September and in prior months, we have substantial evidence that the EOIR's September release remains inaccurate and incomplete. In response to what we believe are factually inaccurate statements made on behalf of the EOIR, TRAC sent a letter on November 4, 2019 to EOIR Director James McHenry requesting a correction to public statements made by his agency. TRAC enclosed a copy of detailed evidence substantiating the request. We emphasize that the ongoing issues with data accuracy persist despite several rounds of attempted corrections by the EOIR as described on our previous report, and we look forward to working with EOIR to resolve these issues.

A PDF copy of the letter to Director McHenry is available here, a copy of the data provided to the EOIR is available here.

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