Saturday, January 2, 2010

Immigration Case Filings Increase by 21% in U.S. in 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts filed a year-end report on the U.S. judiciary.  Among the developments noted for 2009 is that immigration filings climbed to record levels, as the number of defendants increased by 19% (to 26,961) and the number of cases increased by 21% (to 25,804). 

The increase in cases was "mostly from filing addressing either improper reentry by aliens or fraud or misuse of a visa or entry permit.  The charge of improper reentry by an alien accounted for 80% of all immigration cases and 77% of all immigration defendants.  The vast majority of immigration cases--88%--were filed in the five southwestern border districts."

The statistics were compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  Click here to read more. 


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