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Sante Fe New Mexican
June 19, 2016

Judges far more likely to deport immigrants in N.M. than nationally
By Uriel J. Garcia

New research shows that the percentage of undocumented migrants being deported by an immigration judge in the U.S. has fallen to a new record low of 42 percent, continuing a nationwide downtrend that has persisted since 2009. But the outlook is gloomier for immigrants in New Mexico. According to the report issued this week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research group at Syracuse University that analyzes federal government data, 83 percent of the undocumented immigrants in the state who faced an immigration judge were ordered to be deported in the fiscal year that began in October. So far in fiscal year 2016, 38 immigrants from New Mexico were ordered to be deported by an El Paso-based judge, according to the research group. Another eight immigrants were allowed to stay in the U.S. The data show an increase in the rate of deportations over 2015, when 63 percent of immigration cases in the state resulted in deportations. The deportation numbers through the immigration court could see a drop, however. In all of fiscal year 2015, 108 deportations were ordered for immigrants living in New Mexico.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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