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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Substantial Drop in Deportations of Criminals

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Remember when President Obama said this: "And what we've seen is is that the people who are being deported, the vast majority of them now are criminals."

From Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University:

(19 Nov 2014) During FY 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed 222,956 applications for removal orders in Immigration Court, up 12.2 percent from the previous year. Despite an overall increase, there was a substantial drop in the number of applications that were based on allegations of criminal activity by the individual. In fact, only 20,217 out of the total filings in FY 2014 were based on some criminal offense. This is down from 27,671 individuals out of the 198,723 total filings in FY 2013 that were based on allegations of criminal activity.

The Court's backlog of pending cases reached 421,972 cases at the end of October 2014 -- a dramatic rise of 22.6 percent since September 30, 2013. These results are based on the latest court data obtained and analyzed by the .

Just sayin'.

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Updated 11-25-2014 at 12:32 PM by MKolken

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  1. gaattorneys's Avatar
    SIR, I trust you are aware how your good service helps all who read and learn from you.
    This court backlog data and deportation detail provides a macro view of the challenge and tactical opportunity to so many clients and potential clients who are out there waiting.
    As you know, many have been waiting (in hiding), for twenty or even thirty years and have continued to work, and of course pay taxes, waiting for their particular circumstances (or country conditions), to be recognized by Executive Action or changes in policy or the forever rumored "new immigration law." The details you add and contribute to practitioners in the field are outstanding an appreciated. I mean, who has time to search and find this data? Yet your data provides great insight and perspective that, often, the Immigration Judges are not aware of. Of course they know they have a serious backlog but they don't know precisely how serious. Thank you
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