During the first quarter of 2012 (January-March 2012), Immigration Courts issued 2,429 fewer deportation orders than in the fourth quarter of 2011 (October-December 2011). The proportion of cases resulting in an ordered deportation also fell slightly to only 64.1 %. Thus, in over a third of all cases, the individual was allowed, as least temporarily, to remain in the United States.
In most respects the latest figures mark a continuation of the historic drop in deportation orders reported by TRAC in February. This change was touched off last August when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated a review of its nearly 300,000 court case backlog. The stated goal of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) review was to better prioritize and reduce the backup of pending matters that had led to lengthy delays in the Immigration Court proceedings of noncitizens the agency wanted to deport. To achieve this longer term objective, ICE attorneys were redirected as part of the prosecutorial discretion (PD) initiative to review all 300,000 cases to prioritize which to focus on. A consequent drop in overall case dispositions has occurred while these reviews were being carried out.
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