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March 21, 2024

200K deportation cases dismissed thanks to Biden admin paperwork failure, researchers say
By Jackson Walker

The Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security has failed to file important documents since 2020, allowing immigration judges to dismiss about 200,000 deportation cases, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University (TRAC). DHS is responsible for filing Notice to Appear (NTA) paperwork with immigration courts when a migrant is asked to appear for a trial. If this filing is not submitted by the time of the scheduled hearing, the court cannot hear the case. When issued to an asylum seeker, an NTA often states DHS believes it has cause to deport the individual and asks a judge to issue a removal order. These cases usually compose the bulk of an immigration judge’s workload, with 97% of all immigration court cases since October being related to deportation, Syracuse University researchers say.

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