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August 2, 2022

1-in-6 deportation cases tossed due to DHS failure to submit paperwork
By Chris Lange

TRAC researcher Austin Kocher said the dismissals are adding to chaos and confusion at the border, noting in a tweet that asylum seekers “now have no path to a work authorization card, possibly no path to asylum (unless they have an attorney who will file affirmatively), plus it’s just creating a mess for everyone.
One in every six new deportation cases is being dismissed over the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to file the required paperwork, according to a new report. Tens of thousands of migrants who have entered the U.S. illegally have had their cases dismissed before they even set foot inside an immigration courtroom as a result of DHS’s failure to produce key documents, according to a report recently released by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The report reveals that dismissals resulting from DHS’s failure to submit required “notice to appear” paperwork have increased dramatically under the Biden administration. Fewer than 1% of cases were dismissed in the six-year period beginning in FY 2013 and ending in FY 2018. The number increased to 1.7% in FY 2019 and 2.4% in FY 2020.

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