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February 24, 2012

ICE Calls New Deportation Report Inaccurate
By Jonathan Gonzalez

A new report that indicates federal officials are prosecuting and deporting fewer illegal immigrants may be flawed, according to a federal immigration authority. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement opened 39,331 deportee cases in immigration courts from October 2011 to December 2012, a large drop from the 58,639 filings that were recorded the prior quarter, according to a report released by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. But ICE, on Thursday, said the report was inaccurate because it has the right to deport some illegal immigrants without actually giving them time in court when they commit violent crimes, such as rape or murder. But TRAC, which used numbers provided by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, disagrees with the claims of inaccuracy. "It was the fact that it didn't cover all the deportations. That doesn't make it inaccurate," said Sue Long, co-director of TRAC. "[ICE] won't even release their immigration court data."

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