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August 18, 2017

Immigration Crackdown Reaches Deep into New Jersey Communities
By Colleen O'Dea

New Jersey has the fifth-largest immigration court caseload in the nation, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. TRAC’s Immigration Project gathers detailed, up-to-date data and makes it available to the public. It recently created a web-mapping application that, for the first time, provides counts of those with pending cases according to their county and municipality of residence. The new data shows that more than three in four counties nationwide have active cases. In New Jersey, people in every county are in court, with the numbers ranging from 57 in the northernmost Sussex County to 4,950 in urban Essex. At least one person in 510 of the state’s municipalities — more than nine of every 10 — have cases pending. TRAC researchers found “some surprising facts” when examining the data, according to a press release issued by the clearinghouse. “There are a very large number of communities across the country that now have residents with cases before the Immigration Court.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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