Despite assurances that the next release of data on Immigration Court proceedings by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) would be reviewed for accuracy, the new data released late last Friday revealed continuing quality issues. In fact, even greater numbers of previously released records were inexplicably missing. The increased disappearance of Immigration Court records amplifies previous concerns about the agency’s commitment to providing the public with accurate and reliable data about the Immigration Court’s operations.
After reviewing the most recent data release, TRAC found that none of the 1,507 missing applications for relief were restored in EOIR’s latest release. To the contrary, more records of all types were now missing from the latest data. For example, TRAC found 3,799 relief applications previously included in EOIR’s August 2019 release were now missing from last Friday’s release. This included 1,714 applications for asylum that have either been withheld from the public or apparently deleted from the court’s files.
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