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August 4, 2022

TRAC Data: Missed paperwork leads to uptick in dismissal of immigration cases
By Robert Arnold

New data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University shows an increasing number of immigration court cases getting dismissed because required paperwork is not being filed. Both immigration attorneys and advocates say this is just a symptom of a system plagued by a growing backlog of cases and shifting priorities. According to Customs and Border Protection, more than 1.7 million people have been caught crossing the southern border or deemed inadmissible to the United States this fiscal year. The federal government cannot detain everyone caught crossing the border until their case is decided in immigration court. Those not considered a threat are then released into the US with Notices to Appear in immigration court at a later date. TRAC data shows in 2018, 0.3% of completed cases were dismissed because NTA was not filed, but in 2022, that number grew to 16.6%. TRAC data shows out of 284, 446 cases completed between October and June, approximately 47,330 cases, were dismissed due to a lack of an NTA.

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