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Center for Immigration Studies
January 7, 2014

Immigration Matters Prosecutorial Discretion, or Abuse of Discretion?
By Dan Cadman

As it does from time to time, Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has produced one if its statistical analyses with a prosaic name that belies its capacity to raise the eyebrows of anyone who takes the time to give it even just a bit more than cursory examination. It is a chart entitled "Immigration Court Cases Closed Based on Prosecutorial Discretion, by Immigration Court and Hearing Location as of November 30, 2013". The chart provides the statistical breakdown of a) total backlogs at the 83 different immigration court locations throughout the country; of b) how many cases were closed/charges dismissed through the use of "prosecutorial discretion"; and, finally, c) what the closures represent as a percentage of backlogs.

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