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October 17, 2022

DHS Filing Failure Nixed 63K Immigration Cases, Report Says
By Gina Kim

More than 63,000 immigration cases have been tossed this year allegedly due to border patrol agents' failure to file Notice to Appear papers with the immigration court, according to a Syracuse University report on Monday that said the trend is "exceedingly wasteful of the court's time." Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, reported Monday that a total of 63,586 pending immigration cases had been tossed out for the fiscal year that ended last month due to Customs and Border Protection agents' failures to file Notice to Appear paperwork with the court. TRAC said the data was obtained through a series of Freedom of Information Act requests. "Without a filed NTA, the case cannot proceed," according to Monday's report issued by TRAC, a nonpartisan nonprofit data research center affiliated with Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and Whitman School of Management. TRAC said the number of dismissed cases for 2022 meant that one out of every six immigration case was thrown out due to the failure to file NTAs with the court.

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