For the past 15 years, TRAC has been a valuable source of immigration data. TRAC’s reports and statistics are often cited in news articles, used in scholarly and legal publications, and referred to by government officials. TRAC’s data tools and applications are accessed by thousands of people each month and TRAC reports are sent to people across the US and around the world. This report provides a brief introduction to our immigration data and tools
Rather than requesting documents, TRAC uses FOIA to obtain data from the government’s own internal databases. Since the 1980s, the government has increasingly used databases to manage and record their activities.
TRAC routinely submits FOIA Requests to DHS and the Justice Department for data related to their respective roles in immigration enforcement for administrative as well as enforcement involving the immigration court as well as the federal district and appellate courts. Although TRAC collects data on federal civil and criminal prosecutions, including immigration-related prosecutions, in this report we focus on immigration enforcement and immigration court data.
Taken together, TRAC’s data on ICE, CBP, and the EOIR provides unique and highly-detailed information about the US immigration system.
Direct to TRAC Immigration Data Tools