More immigrants are successfully beating deportation before a judge, according to new data, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
In fact, the success rate in court is higher than it has been for more than 20 years, according to the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records.
Since October, immigration judges rejected about half of the 42,816 deportation cases heard.
Ice defended its actions.
“ICE’s enforcement strategies and policies are designed to prioritize its resources on public safety, national security and border security threats,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen. “ICE continues to focus on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”