Immigrants facing deportation are increasingly finding success in immigration courts, according to a new analysis of court data reported by the Associated Press. Nearly half of immigrants facing deportation have won their cases in the last year, according to the Transactional Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records. The government has been losing more deportation cases each year since 2009.
Since the start of the 2014 budget year in October, immigration judges ruled in favor of immigrants in about half of the 42,816 cases heard, TRAC reported. In 2013 the government won about 52 percent of the cases. Immigrants in California, New York and Oregon have been most successful recently, while judges in Georgia, Louisiana and Utah have sided more often with the government, according to TRAC. The report did not include details on how many of the cases were successfully appealed by the government.