|(19 Apr 2012)
A prosecutorial discretion initiative by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has resulted in the closure of a total of 2,609 Immigration Court cases, according to the latest data obtained and analyzed by TRAC, current through the end of March.
This is less than one percent of the 298,173 cases pending before the Immigration Courts at the end of last September.
A new report by TRAC presents detailed results from the Baltimore and Denver pilots of this program, and also includes figures from other courts around the nation.
A free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, at 2:00pm EDT to present and discuss these new data and findings. Go to http://trac.syr.edu/webinar/register.php?wid=20120426 to register.
TRAC's findings are based on case-by-case data, obtained from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These data included special codes that identified closures under ICE's prosecutorial discretion initiative. TRAC's latest report can be viewed at this address:
A total of 59 hearing locations recorded closures under this program at the end of March. The accompanying data tool provides a detailed look at the cases for each court and hearing location. The tool also provides prosecutorial discretion closures by type, as well as compared with each court's pending caseload. Go to:
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