Syracuse University's TRAC Immigration has issued another report finding that only 8.3% of all pending deportation proceedings involve immigrants with criminal convictions. TRAC also reports that by the end of September 2011, the number of pending deportation cases has reached record levels.
There are now 297,551 pending deportation cases nationwide, and the backlog keeps on growing (up 4.2% since July 2011). This is a 60% increase from what was seen in George W. Bush's last year in office.
The chart below was prepared by TRAC and illustrates the exponential growth of the backlog of pending deportations since Obama took office.
Here are some of the other findings of TRAC's report:
- The number of pending deportation cases involving criminal aliens is down from what was seen at the end of fiscal year 2010.
- 90% of pending deportation cases only involve individuals charged with mere immigration violations (i.e., overstaying a visa).
- Pending cases only involving immigration violations has increased from 236,415 at the end of FY 2010 to 259,038 at the end of July 2011.
- It is now taking an average of 497 days to complete deportation proceedings for individuals charged with mere immigration violations.
- It is now taking 410 days to resolve pending deportation cases for individuals charged with criminal grounds of removal.
So the rhetorical question becomes: who should we believe?
The Obama administration who claims that more than half of the people deported last year have been convicted of crimes, or a non-partisan University who analyzes the raw data that shows that 90% of all pending cases do not invovle criminal grounds of removal?
I'm just going to hazard a guess that the Obama administration's misrepresentation (AKA lies) are directly correlated to the fact that 59% of all Latinos oppose Obama's handling of deportations.
Wouldn't it be nice if our elected officials actually told the truth for once.
The audacity of hope.
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Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).