Criminal Activity a Factor in Few Immigration Cases


Filings related to alleged criminal activity account for a very small proportion of immigration court cases, according to a report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

During the first five months of fiscal year 2014, about 12 percent of filings sought to deport non-citizens based on alleged criminal activity, down from 16 percent in fiscal year 2012.

Syracuse researchers obtained and analyzed case-by-case court records through February for the report.

Entry without inspection, a non-criminal charge, fell from 59 percent in fiscal year 2012 to 47 percent in fiscal year 2014.

“In contrast, overstaying a visa and other immigration charges have been on the rise: from 23 percent in FY 2012, to 31 percent in FY 2013, and to 34 percent during FY 2014,” according to TRAC.

Read the full report HERE.

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