Putting TRAC to Work
  Policy and Public Interest Groups
American Immigration Council
April 2017

Why Caution is Needed Before Hiring Additional Border Patrol Agents and ICE Officers
By Josiah Heyman, Ph.D

Considering the immensity of President Trumpís recent budget proposal ó a $314 million supplemental request for just one year of a 10-year expansion could these scarce resources be more usefully spent on alternatives? If we do add resources, they should respond to actual trends on the ground, such as expanding capacity to fully process the increasing proportion of non-Mexicans who have asylum claims that require fair and full adjudication in immigration court. U.S. immigration courts, however, are quite understaffed and have serious backlogs already. In January 2016, there were 508,036 pending immigration cases with an average wait of 673 days (nearly two years)..........[citing TRAC research].

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