200K immigrants escaped deportation after DHS failed to file paperwork - TRAC | 20 March 2024 | Since President Biden has been in office, immigration judges have thrown out approximately 200,000 deportation cases because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not file the required "Notice to Appear" (NTA) by the time of the scheduled hearing, according to a report published Wednesday. The report from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which tracks immigration case data and backlogs, includes DHS records up through February 2024. As noted by TRAC, a nonpartisan data gathering organization, DHS's duty to file an NTA in immigration court is a crucial step in the immigration enforcement process. The NTA spells out why DHS believes a particular immigrant should be deported, and acts as a formal request for an immigration judge to use a removal order.