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Immigrants, Immigration Courts and Chicken Littles–all by the Numbers!

Many folks have passionate opinions about our immigration system and how to fix it.  Usually these opinions flow from what people believe about our immigrant new Americans and how the immigration and enforcement process in this country functions or fails to function.  As in any debate, however, the old adage holds firmly true:  “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to their own facts”.  So, the facts (and in this case, the hard numbers) really do matter 다운로드.

And that’s where the University of Syracuse comes in.  The University provides a great public service which is completely free (donations welcome of course) that is invaluable to ensuring an intelligent and productive immigration debate.  The service is called the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) and is a free public repository of seemingly endless government data, often obtained through the Freedom of Information Act 다운로드. The data pertains to a wide variety of topics, is published online and is easily accessed by the public.  You can find the TRAC database by clicking here 탭 소닉 크랙 판 다운로드.

One of the most interesting “reality checks” that emerges by sifting through this data can be gleaned using a particular data set tool on the TRAC site which can be found here 윈도우 소프트웨어 다운로드. This particular tool analyzes data related to immigrant children in removal proceedings; by state, by whether the child in proceedings has legal counsel and by whether they actually show up for their court cases ios 8.4. Any person in removal proceedings (in this case a minor) who does not appear before the court as scheduled is usually ordered removed from the county in abstensia (in the person’s absence).  Thus, in abstensia orders of removal serve as a near perfect proxy for failures to appear 아이폰 노래 다운로드.

Now, consider the heated rhetoric of many elected politicians shrieking that the unaccompanied minors pouring over the border, if not immediately returned home, would simply disappear into the US population and never bother to appear in immigration court as ordered.  Some Chicken Little politicians have publicly warned that as many as 90% of all unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings currently fail to appear.  This argument might seem like common sense–surely the sky must really be falling.  But again, one is entitled to their opinions, but not their own facts.  And the facts, or in this case the numbers, just don’t support the Chicken Littles 최적화 프로그램 다운로드.

Back to TRAC.  By utilizing the tools linked above, one can easily examine the following data sets:

2005 to present: Number of minors in removal proceedings unrepresented (pro se) whose cases were closed by an in abstensia order of removal (i.e 포켓몬 다운로드. they failed to appear for their court case):  29% failed to appear, over 70% appeared.

Juveniles – Immigration Court Deportation Proceedings — all states-pro se

2005 to present: Number of minors in removal proceedings with legal counsel whose cases were closed by an in abstensia order of removal (i.e 다운로드. they failed to appear for their court case even though they had a lawyer):  4.5% failed to appear, over 95% appeared.

Juveniles – Immigration Court Deportation Proceedings–all states–with counsel

Being from the generation who grew up watching Bugs Bunny on TV, I can’t help hearing the famous rabbit TV star’s words ring in my head:  “what’s all the hubbub, bub?”

Funny thing about facts–sometimes they just won’t get with the agenda 모털엔진! And in this case, the facts show that an enormously high percentage of minors in removal proceedings really do show up for court.  Fair enough, nearly 30% who aren’t fortunate enough to afford a lawyer don’t go to their court date and overall slightly more than 18% don’t show up. (Set aside for the moment what this might say about the inequity of being in removal proceedings without counsel–save that for another post!) But 90% no show–no way! Myth busted!

For now, our nation’s collective conscience is fixated on the racial inequities that have been exposed by Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri–and rightfully so.  However, sooner than we may realize, our collective focus and, hopefully the Administration’s as well, will again shift to the other great human rights calamity challenging our nation–our broken immigration system.  When attentions shift back, you can bet the fever pitched Chicken Little rhetoric prophesying the sky’s fall will crescendo.  When it does, best to take a breath, look at the numbers and separate rhetoric from reality.

We certainly will! Stay tuned!