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Only One Fourth of New Immigration Court Cases Involve Mexicans

“The number of individuals from Mexico whose removal is sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to steadily decrease, according to the latest data on deportation filings from the Immigration Courts. As of the end of February 2016, there have been 63,420 new Immigration Court filings in FY 2016. Of these, 15,821 involve persons from Mexico, followed by 14,512 from El Salvador and 11,091 from Guatemala. More than one third (35%) of new Immigration Court cases filed so far this fiscal year involve unaccompanied children or children accompanied by a woman (or other adult). These cases continue to originate largely with three Central American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Moreover, proceedings against women with children or unaccompanied children comprise more than half of the immigration cases for each of these three countries. These latest figures are based on an analysis of case-by-case information by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. For this analysis, TRAC obtained court records from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). For more details, including top ten nationalities for new proceedings, see the report at:

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