Putting TRAC to Work
Immigration Lawyers on the Web (ILW)
June 9, 2020

Is the Executive Office for Immigration Review incompetent ó or is Trump hiding something?
By Nolan Rappaport

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) is a Syracuse University research center that collects and analyzes data on immigration court activities. It gets the data with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that it submits regularly to the Department of Justiceís Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The TRAC research center is a reliable source of objective, factual information that is supported by numerous foundations, such as the Rockefeller Family Fund, the New York Times Company Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation and the Ford Foundation. EOIR is a Justice Department office that includes a 466-judge immigration court, a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), an Office of Information Technology, an Office of Policy, and a General Counselís office. EOIR records data on the activities of the immigration court and makes the data available to the public pursuant to the requirements in section 552(a) of FOIA. This includes a large batch of anonymized data about immigration court cases that EOIR prepares for TRACís monthly FOIA request. TRAC revealed in a report it issued on Oct. 31, 2019, that EOIR was removing court records from its data. TRACís efforts to persuade EOIR to stop doing this and to replace the missing data have been unsuccessful.

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