ICE Bypassing Immigration Courts? Deportations Rise as Orders Fall
(13 Aug 2012) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported a total of 39,426 individuals during May 2012, according to the latest available case-by-case records from ICE released to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) under the Freedom of Information Act. Of these, just over one third (34.7 percent) were removed as a result of ICE's reinstatement of a previously issued removal order. Slightly fewer (29.8 percent) were removed under the "expedited removal" authority granted ICE by Congress, and 10.1 percent were voluntary returns. The remaining portion (25.4 percent) was from other sources, which presumably includes court-ordered deportations.

Evidence discussed in the report suggests that over the last three years, more and more deportations are taking place without review by the Immigration Courts.

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