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Associated Press
February 13, 2014

U.S. loses nearly half of deportation cases
By Alicia Caldwell

WASHINGTON A growing percentage of immigrants facing deportation in Arizona are now winning their cases, part of a national trend that has reached the highest success rate in more than 20 years, according to a new analysis of court data published Thursday. In Phoenix Immigration Court, more than 78 percent of immigrants facing deportation have won their cases this fiscal year, up from 35.4 percent in fiscal 2010, according to the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records. In all four Immigration Courts in Arizona, which includes courts in Phoenix, Tucson, Florence and Eloy, 47.9 percent of immigrants facing deportation have won their cases so far this year, meaning they are allowed to stay in the U.S. Nationally, nearly half of immigrants facing deportation are now winning their cases before immigration judges. The U.S. government has been losing more deportation cases each year since 2009, according to TRAC.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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