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Tucson Sentinel
August 8, 2015

Tucson woman marks one year in sanctuary
By Paul Ingram

In September 2012, Robles Loreto faced an immigration judge with the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review, who decided she was eligible for removal. Robles Loreto fought the decision, but a series of mistakes by her former attorney, who missed deadlines and failed to file the proper paperwork, left her unmoored. In June 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed her case and reinstated her order of removal. Robles Loreto was one of nearly 257,000 people who had removal orders in 2014, the highest number in five years, according to data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research project supported by Syracuse University. When her case started in 2012, the odds that a noncitizen would be ordered deported was nearly 63 percent, however, changes to the immigration system and an enormous backlog of cases has dropped those odds below 48 percent. At the end of 2014, prosecutorial discretion was used to close around 42,000 cases, more than 36 percent of those closures were based in Tucson-area courts. TRAC projects that in 2015, courts in Arizona will grant some form of relief to around 60 percent of cases.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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