(CNSNews.com) – A recent report from the Department of Justice shows that of the nearly 12,500 illegal alien adults who were apprehended with children at the U.S. border and released between July 18, 2014, and May 26, 2015, whose immigration cases have been completed, at least 84 percent did not appear in court for the final decision.
The report states that 35,695 illegal alien adults with children were apprehended illegally at the U.S. border and were subsequently released without being detained between July 18, 2014 and May 26, 2015. Of these, 12,441 have had final rulings on their immigration cases.
About 11,516 of these adults were given orders of removal by an immigration judge. Among these, 10,436 -- about 84 percent of the total number of completed cases -- were ordered removed in absentia, meaning they did not show up to court as scheduled.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. (AP)
Another 137 were granted “relief” from violating U.S. law, and 124 cases were “terminated.” An additional 291 cases ended in “administrative closure.
The DOJ's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) reports that of the 35,695 illegal aliens apprehended during that time, 25,732 cases are already past the date of the first hearing. About 23,777 total cases are still pending.
The report also broke down the case decisions for unaccompanied children who were apprehended at the U.S. border in the same time frame. For the 31,987 children apprehended, initial cases have been completed on only 10,591 of them.
Among those, 6,248 children were given orders for removal by an immigration judge, with 5,453 handed down in absentia. This equates to about 51 percent of the total number of closed cases, and 87 percent of the total number of removal orders.
The DOJ states in the report that it currently has 21,999 cases pending concerning unaccompanied minors. About 25,800 cases are already past the date of their first hearing.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a press release on June 24, assuring Americans that, “[b]order security continues to be one of my top priorities as Secretary of Homeland Security.”
“As I have said before, our borders are not open to illegal migration. I know also that we must enforce our immigration laws in a fair and humane manner, consistent with our values as Americans,” Johnson said in the release.