August 5, 2021

Access: New Immigration Court Data Released, Even More Records Missing Despite Assurances

From the Transactional Records Clearinghouse (TRAC)/Syracuse University:

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.

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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.

Read the Complete Post From TRAC

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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