Attorneys at ICE this fiscal year have sought to reopen almost 8,000 cases that were either shelved or closed by immigration judges for administrative reasons, according to a review of the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.
The request in fiscal year 2017, which included four months of the Obama administration before President Trump’s inauguration, totaled around 8,400.
In comparison, requests to reopen cases in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 only totaled 3,551 and 4,847, respectively.
Dana Marks, an immigration judge in San Francisco and a spokesperson for the National Association of Immigration Judges, told BuzzFeed News that while previous administrations have sought to reopen cases in which individuals subsequently were arrested, charged, or convicted of a new crime, the Trump administration has expanded the reasoning to reopen cases.
He also ruled in May that immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals lack the authority to close cases for administrative reasons.