Friday, March 20, 2015

Immigration Court Case Completions: Representation by Counsel Increases over the Last Five Years

Earlier this week, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Statistics Yearbook.  We have  been providing some snapshots of the the data.

Immigration Court Completions by Language: The Top 5

Asylum Grants by Country of Nationality: The Top 25

Here are statistics on initial case completions for persons represented by counsel (page F1):

FY 2010  40%    215,280  total cases

FY 2011  42%     209,277

FY 2012  50%    188,219

FY 2013  59%     173,161

FY 2014  55%     167,774

The Immigration & Nationality Act does not guarantee counsel for noncitizens in removal proceedings, even for lawful permanent residents

I am not sure what explains the increasing percentage of noncitizens who are represented over the five years.  The initial case completions have dropped by about 25% over that period, which may mean that the same number of lawyers had fewer cases (thus increasing the number of cases in which noncitizens were represented).


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