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November 16, 2010

As Judges Reject Thousands of Deportation Cases, ICE Refuses to Share Enforcement Data
By Tara Tidwell Cullen

Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) released data this week showing that during the last three months of fiscal year 2010, immigration judges found that nearly one-third of the people ICE brought before the courts for deportation proceedings should not be removed — a notable increase over recent years. The data, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Justice, also shows that over the course of the full year, judges in New York City, Oregon, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia refused to order people deported in more than half the cases brought by ICE. TRAC credits that increase to a rise in the number of cases “terminated” by judges because the government could not prove that people actually were deportable under U.S. immigration law.

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