Increase in Civil Immigration Litigation
(17 May 2016) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during April 2016 the government reported 235 new civil filings in the immigration category. Such lawsuits have been rising fairly steadily during the past year, and are now up 37.7 percent from a year ago. The number of immigration lawsuits filed each month has increased by nearly 30 percent from the level reported five years ago in April 2011.

Among federal judicial districts, the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) was the most active based on population, with 5.2 immigration lawsuits filed per million people compared with 0.7 per million for the U.S. as a whole. In second place was the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) with 4.3 per million, followed by the Middle District of Georgia (Macon) with 4.0 immigration lawsuits per million.

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