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October 31, 2019

Research Group Finds Issues With Justice Department Immigration Data Reports
By Claire Hansen

Immigration court data released by the Department of Justice has contained "gross irregularities" and the agency appears to have "silently but systematically" deleted nearly a million records, a nonprofit research organization said in a report accusing the agency of mishandling data it releases to the public. Those issues could have grave implications because policymakers, judges and the public rely on the data to make decisions, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research center housed at Syracuse University, said in the report released Thursday. Through ongoing Freedom of Information Act requests, TRAC routinely receives from the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the U.S. immigration court system. The research group is well-respected among policymakers, reporters and researchers, and it frequently publishes data analysis and reports on several topics, including immigration.

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