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The Salt Lake Tribune
September 3, 2019

Most migrants show up for Utah immigration court dates contrary to Trump administration claims
By Lee Davidson


When the Trump administration recently issued a rule to allow indefinite detention of immigrant families, it repeated its assertion that the vast majority of such new arrivals vanish into the shadows and fail to show up for court hearings. Data shows just the opposite is true at immigration court in Utah, and at similar venues around the nation. In the Utah cases opened since 2016, 83.5% of immigrants who were once detained but later released have appeared at all their immigration court hearings 1,569 of 1,879 cases. Other migrants have even higher appearance rates in Utah. People who were never detained appeared at 86.2% of their hearings. Those who continued to be confined, not surprisingly, appeared at 99.9% of theirs. That is according to an analysis by The Salt Lake Tribune of court data gathered by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. It mirrors national findings reported by TRAC and the American Immigration Council.


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