Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Immigrants placed into removal proceedings and told to appear in immigration court face a unique penalty for missing court. Unlike criminal court, where a missed court appearance usually results in a judge issuing a warrant for the defendant’s arrest, an immigrant who misses even a single court hearing is generally ordered deported “in absentia” (Latin for “in absence”). This American Immigration Council fact sheet presents studies and analyses on immigrants’ “appearance rate” in court (the rate at which immigrants appear for court hearings). The fact sheet further contrasts appearance rate with “in absentia rate,” a separate and distinct measurement used by the government, which the government and the media often confuse for appearance rate.