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Posted inImmigrationNational Security

Immigration Courts Make Do With Limited Resources Despite Mounting Caseloads

Many removal proceedings must go before an immigration judge. This chart shows trends in the number of people that were removed from the U.S. from 2003 to 2008, broken down by ICE Field Office. Click on image to view chart. Produced by Hugo Cabrera While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that […]

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Observe and Deport

Salvador Rivera was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1979. At age 18, as he faced several arrest warrants, he adopted an alias and obtained a Mexican birth certificate. The ruse worked: When he was arrested by a Border Patrol agent in January 1998, Rivera assumed his false identity and was voluntarily deported to Mexico. Within […]

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Many Immigrants Deported for Nonviolent Crimes

Federal authorities have repeatedly said their priority is to find and remove illegal immigrants with violent criminal histories, but the U.S. government’s stepped up enforcement in recent years has led to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants convicted of nonviolent crimes, according to a new study. Nearly three-quarters of the roughly 897,000 immigrants […]