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January 23, 2020

Democrats slam Trump on Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan deportations
By Carmen Sesin

The fastest-growing population groups in the federal immigration court backlog are Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans, according to data from immigration courts obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, at Syracuse University. At the end of fiscal year 2018, the backlog had increased by 374 percent for Cubans, 277 percent for Venezuelans and 190 percent for Nicaraguans. In contrast, the rates increased by 42 percent for all nationalities during the same period. Since the end of the Obama administration, deportations to Cuba have increased dramatically. More than 25,917 Cubans are awaiting deportation proceedings, according to TRAC. So far this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2,060 Cubans have been ordered deported, as well as 1,031 Nicaraguans and 599 Venezuelans.

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