Thousands of Migrants Stay in U.S. After Case Dismissals


Hundreds of thousands of migrants are allowed to remain in the United States due to deportation cases against them being dropped during President Joe Biden’s administration.

“Thus far during the Biden administration, the proportion [of migrants] allowed to remain in this country has risen to 77 percent, and those ordered removed has been just 22 percent,” TRAC researchers report:

While after the first year, grants of relief have risen sharply, many others have had their cases terminated without a decision on the merits of their asylum claim. These terminations have been part of this administration’s efforts to speed decisions on recent cases and close older cases that weren’t a threat to public safety or national security. Again, the stated aim of putting new cases at the head of the line has been to send a signal that might deter individuals without legitimate grounds for seeking asylum to not making the often dangerous journey to our southwest border. [Emphasis added]

Chart via Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse

The result is more migrants staying in the U.S., either through being granted asylum or having their deportation cases dropped altogether, while a fraction — a little more than twenty percent — are ordered deported.

Conversely, during former President Donald Trump’s administration, nearly sixty percent of migrants with pending cases were ordered deported from the U.S., TRAC researchers note:

Under the Trump administration, the number granted relief from removal steadily increased until the pandemic hit and court dispositions in general dropped sharply. However, because the policy ended closing cases by exercising prosecutorial discretion, the number allowed to remain in the U.S. on grounds other than a grant of relief fell. Thus, the proportion ordered removed during the Trump years was much higher, averaging 57 percent. [Emphasis added]

This revelation comes as the nation’s immigration court backlog exceeds 3.5 million cases — tripling under Biden. When Trump left office, the backlog stood at around one million cases.

Most significantly, those illegal aliens living freely throughout the U.S. because they are on the federal government’s “non-detained docket” is set to hit more than eight million, almost triple the 3.2 million illegal aliens on the non-detained docket in 2020.

Also unprecedented, Biden is expected to see more than ten million migrant encounters at the nation’s borders on his watch — a presidential record never seen before in American history.

John Binder
John Binder
John Binder is an immigration and fashion journalist. He focuses on national issues in the United States and writes for various platforms. He is a proud son, husband, father, and USMC Vet.

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