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September 19, 2019

Trump Administration Sets New Record for Deportation Filings, with Nearly 385,000 Cases Filed in Fiscal Year 2019
By Chantal Da Silva

Between the months of October 2018 and August 2019, the U.S. saw a total of 384,977 deportation proceedings filed, according to data from the Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which obtains its data from the Department of Homeland Security through Freedom of Information Act requests. Of course, with data from the month of September still to come, that number is only expected to grow. Already, the 384,977 figure has swept past fiscal year 2018's numbers, with TRAC's data showing that 340,974 proceedings were filed in that fiscal year. In November, the Trump administration had already made headlines for breaking records with its 2018 numbers, but, at the time they had been reported to be much lower, with 287,741 proceedings reported to have been filed. While, at the time, that number was still high enough to break records, representing the highest figure since TRAC began tracking deportation orders in 1992, the true number of deportation proceedings filed in fiscal year 2018 has only continued to grow. The reason for that, Susan Long, a statistician and professor at the Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management and the co-director of the TRAC Research Center, tells Newsweek, is because some of the data on deportation filings from previous fiscal years is still coming in, largely due to processing delays, meaning that the "total" figures are also changing. "There are delays in getting things in because these are new filings and so what happens is each month when you get them... you find that there are not just new ones that came in covering the current fiscal year, 2019, but some laggards that have come in from prior periods," Long said. "You know, the government releases these preliminary estimates and they change [them] when more data comes in."

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