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Government Accountability Office
April 2023

Immigration Courts: Actions Needed to Address Workforce, Performance, and Data Management Challenges

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse—an information clearinghouse based at Syracuse University—reported that EOIR had inappropriately deleted about 1,500 immigration case records from data it received under an ongoing Freedom of Information Act request, which we discuss later in this report. EOIR also reports information to the public by responding to FOIA requests from respondents’ representatives and external organizations. One such organization, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)—an information clearinghouse based at Syracuse University—has an ongoing FOIA request for monthly record-level immigration case data. EOIR provides these data to TRAC in addition to publishing the data on its website. Officials from TRAC and another court stakeholder, the American Immigration Council, told us they analyze the monthly case data to help themselves and other external organizations understand the operations of the immigration courts. In August 2020, EOIR developed a standard operating procedure to document the process staff should use to extract and prepare the monthly data files for the release of information to TRAC.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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