Monday, August 1, 2022

TRAC Releases New Data on Criminal-Related Grounds for Deportation

In a new report, TRAC at Syracuse University found that DHS is listing criminal-related grounds for removal on NTAs less often than in the past. The dataset was created by analyzing all charges listed on NTAs, then  compiling specifically those charges that were listed in the INA as criminal grounds for deportation.

The report finds that over the past decade, the number of criminal-related charges listed on Notices to Appear as the basis for deportation has declined dramatically. In 2010, across all Notices to Appear (NTAs) received by the immigration courts that year, ICE listed a total of 57,199 criminal-related grounds for deportation. By 2021, just over a decade later, that number dropped to 8,694, less than a sixth of its original height.

Typically, more criminal charges are listed on court documents for non-citizens who were admitted into the country lawfully compared to those who entered the country unlawfully. For instance, in FY 2021, a total of 5,895 criminal-related charges were listed on NTAs for lawfully admitted immigrants compared to 2,799 for immigrants who were not lawfully admitted.

The table, updated by fiscal year from FY 2017 to March 2022 is available below and on TRAC's website.

The report is titled "Fewer Immigrants Face Deportation Based on Criminal-Related Charges in Immigration Court" and is available here: The underlying table is available here: 

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- Austin Kocher

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