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Center for Immigration Studies
December 18, 2017

Expedite Denial of Baseless Asylum Claims: A simple way the attorney general could reduce the immigration court backlog
By Andrew R. Arthur

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), as of October 2017 there were 650,411 cases pending before the immigration courts. In an April 2016, Human Rights First reported that 20 percent of all incoming removal cases in the immigration courts are applications for asylum. In FY 2016, the immigration courts received 65,218 asylum cases, while completing 52,109 cases. Plainly, asylum applications are a leading driver of the backlog.

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