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National Law Journal
April 20, 2012

Thousands of Immigration Court Cases Closed Since August
By Stephanie Czekalinski

On Friday, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University released a report showing that of the 2,609 cases closed, some 650 were terminated by a judge. In these cases, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agreed, via an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, that the government did not have valid grounds to deport the individual. The remaining three quarters, 1,959 cases, were administratively closed by a judge. These administrative closures effectively placed the cases on hold without a final resolution, allowing individuals to stay in the country at least temporarily, according to TRAC. The immigration court in Baltimore closed the most cases -- 230 since August. Courts in Los Angeles and New York City followed, closing 218 and 207 cases respectively. Among courts with a significant backlog of cases, the immigration court in Detroit closed the greatest share of cases under the initiative. Nearly 6 percent of the 2,815 backlogged cases were closed, the report said. The immigration court in Portland, Ore., followed, closing nearly 5 percent of its backlog of 2,151 cases by the end of March.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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