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National Immigration Forum
June 5, 2020

Legislative Bulletin
By Danilo Zak

On June 3, Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a report stating that asylum court data from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) is unreliable and deficient. TRAC, a research center which reviews and compiles data on federal immigration enforcement and immigration court activities, announced that it will no longer publish its Immigration Court Asylum Decisions app due to the increasingly unreliable data. Since October 2019, TRAC has reported growing numbers of missing asylum applications in the data released by EOIR. For these cases, records of individual court cases are present, but information related to an immigrant’s application for relief is missing. In April 2020 alone, 68,282 relief applications that were present in the March 2020 data went missing. TRAC has determined that the volume of missing files discredits the data provided by EOIR.

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