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February 6, 2015

Six months later, undocumented woman still waits in sanctuary
By Paul Ingram

At the end of 2014, prosecutorial discretion was used to close around 42,000 cases, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research project supported by Syracuse University. More than 36 percent of those closures were based in Tucson-area courts, while Phoenix was about 17 percent. Data from TRAC also shows that in 2014, more than half of all court cases were likely to result in relief, termination, or closure. TRAC projects that in 2015, courts in Arizona will grant some form of stays to 60 percent of cases. However, across the United States, that likelihood becomes dramatically less likely depending on the court's location. Nationally, only about 45 percent of cases result in some form of stay while the remainder result in an order of removal or voluntary departure. The nation's toughest immigration court is in Georgia, where nearly 83 percent of individuals are ordered deported. Among the 11 who went into sanctuary, five are still waiting for some form of relief.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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