TRAC data recently released gives insight into the workings of the Immigration Courts across the U.S.
During the first ten months of FY 2011, judges in the nation's Immigration Courts dealt with a total of 187,837 filings by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking deportation or removal orders. Of those cases, 132,341 (or 70.5 percent) were forced to leave the country through deportation, removal or voluntary departure; and 55,496 (or 29.5 percent) were allowed to remain in the U.S. through relief granted by the court or terminations (no grounds for removal).
The Texas Immigration Courts led the country by removing more people--26,687 (84.4 percent) than any other state and nearly 14 percent above the national average. Of those to appear before the Texas Immigration Courts only 4,939 (15.6 percent) were not forced to leave the U.S.
The San Antonio Immigration Court removed 4,696 people (or 82.43 percent) and granted relief to 1,001 (17.57 percent) above the Texas average but well below the national average.
While Texas deported more people than any other state (California was #2 deporting 14,235), several states deported a larger percentage of those that appeared in the Immigration Courts:
- Louisiana deported 93.4%
- Georgia 90.0%
- Arizona 88.5%
- Utah 87.7%
- Texas 84.4%
Dammed by faint praise. Texas is only #5 in highest percentage of deportations.
California was #23 deporting 56.2%.