A Washington Post "Fact Check" contains a startling admission regarding immigration court skippers

June 28, 2019

A June 23, 2019 appearance by Vice President Mike Pence on CNN's “State of the Union” contained the following exchange:

PENCE: What we want -- what we want, to end the days where people believe they can come into the country, make a claim of asylum from oppression or deprivation or violence in Central America or elsewhere, and then be released into the country on their own recognizance, only to -- only to vanish into the nation with -- with now this -- the president's efforts...

TAPPER: Well, most of them do show up to their hearings.

PENCE: ... at enforcing our laws, or that -- that 90 percent of the people never show up for their hearing in the months ahead.

Three days later, a Washington Post “Fact Checker” article disputed Pence' claim. Their dispute rests on a document published by nothing less than the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice The EOIR is the place to go for information about the nation's immigration court system, since that is exactly what they are in charge of managing.

The title of the document is Myths vs Facts About Immigration Proceedings and it was published in May 2019. This is what the EOIR has to say about the rate at which illegal immigrants who weren't detained wind up skipping town:

Myth Few aliens fail to attend their immigration court proceedings.
Fact Forty-four percent (44%) of all non-detained removal cases end with an in absentia order of removal due to an alien’s failure to attend a scheduled immigration court hearing.

The Washington Post “Fact Checker” proudly and rightfully boasts of having refuted Mike Pence' claim that 90 percent of non-detained aliens never show up for their immigration court hearing, pointing out that if 44 percent didn't show up, 56 percent, a majority, did show up.

They missed this critically important point, however: The EOIR “Myths vs Facts” document came to dispute the myth that few aliens skip town, and they do that by pointing out that a whopping 44 percent are ordered removed from the country because they failed to appear in court!

Imagine a country where 44 percent of all criminal court cases end up with the defendant failing to appear in court and never being seen or heard from again. This is what the Washington Post is boasting about!

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