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May 5, 2017

Trump has decided not to spend on the one thing that could really deter illegal immigration
By Ana Campoy

During the first two months of the Trump administration, authorities caught some 40,000 immigrants at the border and arrested another 21,000 in the interior of the country. Not all of them are eligible for a court hearing, but many are. Although the spending bill provides far less extra funding for Homeland Security than president Donald Trump requested—he wanted to add a whopping 15,000 new border patrol and ICE agents—it provides enough for 100 extra officers involved in the job of catching people. That means hundreds of extra cases will likely head to immigration court, even though the rate of border apprehensions has already fallen sharply under Trump. As of March, cases had been sitting there for an average of 669 days, up from 413 days a decade ago, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, which gathers such data.

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