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August 8, 2017

Data Center Releases Tool That Maps Immigration Court Cases
By Alissa Wickham

A data research center has created a new “web mapping” tool that lets people see the number of individuals living in each state or community who have cases in immigration court, the center announced Monday, with Houston and Queens leading the pack when it comes to local communities. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data research center at Syracuse University, released the tool, which allows users to see how many immigration court cases are pending in each state. Users can also zoom in on states for a more local overview, as the map displays the number of individuals in immigration court based on address. “Using this new interactive web tool, the location of individuals involved in Immigration Court cases can be displayed based upon each individual's recorded home address,” TRAC noted. “Where the individual is detained, the address shown may be that of the detention facility where the individual is being held.” Among the notable statistics the group uncovered was that many communities have a “relatively small” number of people with ongoing cases, noting that about half of the counties in America have “no more than 25 residents” with active “pending matters.” However, TRAC also listed the top 100 communities with the biggest number of active immigration cases, based on the residence of the individuals, and Houston topped the list with 33,360. The Queens borough of New York came in second with 25,420 pending cases, followed by Brooklyn with about 15,000 and Los Angeles with about 14,300

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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