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El Paso Times
November 9, 2019

A million allegedly 'deleted' court records spark spat between university, government agency
By Lauren Villagran

Nearly 1 million U.S. immigration court records allegedly went missing in September, and the data crunchers at Syracuse University want to know why. The New York university's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, has federal administrations for three decades, making constant FOIA requests to maintain one of the nation's most comprehensive troves of immigration data. Journalists, attorneys and immigrant advocates often rely on TRAC's numbers, which haul of numbers that can otherwise be hard to find. TRAC publicly alleged on Nov. 3 that the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), which runs the country’s immigration courts, "deleted" records on nearly 1 million applications for immigration relief in its September figures. Hundreds of records of charges filed by the Department of Homeland Security and scheduled court hearing records were also missing, TRAC said.

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