Sunday, October 23, 2011
Are Things Changing with the Announced Change in Policies by the Obama Administration? New Tools For Tracking ICE Prosecutorial Discretion
TRAC has launched a bundle of new report series, with accompanying data tools and regular updates, which allow the public to monitor ICE's exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the Immigration Courts, as spelled out in Director John Morton's June 17, 2011 memorandum.
TRAC's new tools allow tracking by charge, nationality, and location (state, court or specific hearing location). The most recent data, current through July 2011, show that there has not as yet been any meaningful upturn in cases where the person charged has been allowed to remain in this country. Indeed, during the three most recent quarters, the proportion of individuals allowed to remain in the country is now below 30 per cent, down from levels in 2010. However, Immigration Courts varied widely in the proportion of cases in which deportation orders were granted -- from a low of 28.8 percent in the New York City Immigration Court, up to 98.8 percent in the Lumpkin, Georgia Immigration Court.
Among nationalities, cases resulting in deportation orders ranged from highs of 86.8 percent for individuals from Mexico and 84.4 percent for those from Honduras, down to 13.1 for individuals from Eritrea and 20.7 percent for those from Ethiopia.
TRAC's latest report can be viewed here.
For the accompanying data tools which allow tracking by charge, nationality, and specific location, go to:
TRAC also released an updated report on Immigration Court processing times which continue to increase, and are now 30 percent longer than average dispositions times during FY 2009. Accompanying data apps have been expanded to allow tracking disposition times, both by type of outcome and by original charge: by