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One Out of Three Deportation Requests Denied

As immigration reform is being argued all across the country, deportations are at a high, but one out of three deportation requests are being rejected according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

Between 1998 and 2010, the report says that, in the last three months of the 2010 fiscal year (July, August, and September) immigration courts rejected one out of three requests to deport people.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made the requests.

The report states, “This turndown rate is up from what it was – one out of every four –12 months earlier.

While the national average is one out of three, some immigration courts in Los Angeles, New York City, and Miami rejected far more. In NYC, 70 percent of the requests were rejected, while Los Angeles denied 63 percent, and Miami judges denied 59 percent.

ICE is apparently “refusing to release its own records” according to the report’s authors who say their lack of ICE records makes it difficult to interpret the data and draw concrete conclusions about the yet-undiscovered reasons for the increase in the rejection rate.