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October 27, 2020

A Misrepresentation Wrapped in a Misunderstanding about Immigration Adjudication
By Geoffrey Hoffman

First, the statistic quoted by the President: the fabled 1 percent who allegedly "stupidly" show up after being released from detention under so-called "catch and release." A good source of immigration statistics is Syracuse University's excellent TRAC reports. Those reports are widely available and very detailed. One report from 2016 had this to say about the rates of attendance: "In general, in absentia rates for individuals released as a result of bond decisions made by immigration judges also were down from levels of ten or more years ago. In absentia rates for individuals released after their custody hearings peaked at 47 percent during FY 2002 and have generally fallen since then despite the increasing percentage of detained individuals being released on bond by judges." See https://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/438/ In 2015-2016, for example, the statistic for those who did not attend their hearings, according to TRAC, hovered around 15 percent, not the "99 percent" who miss their hearings falsely touted by the President during the debate.

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