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February 13, 2019

Indian, Chinese Immigrants More Likely To Be Granted Bond
By Tiffany Hu

The chances of being granted bond at immigration hearings have gone down over the past year, with Chinese and Indian immigrants having better odds than those from Cuba and the Dominican Republic, according to a report published Tuesday by Syracuse University. The report from Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, an independent and nonpartisan data organization, found that immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were granted bond less than half the time, dropping from 48 percent in 2018 to 43 percent in the first few months of 2019. Notably, out of the nationalities of individuals who appeared at immigration bond hearings, Chinese and Indian immigrants were more likely to be granted bond than immigrants from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and several Central American countries, TRAC said. “Striking differences among nationalities in whether individuals continue to be detained or can be released from ICE custody were documented again and again in immigration court records,” TRAC co-director Susan B. Long said Wednesday in an email to Law360.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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