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April 5, 2019

Trump’s right. Border arrests are surging. Here’s why.
By Ted Hesson

The families, once dropped off near the border, can then make their way into the U.S. and present themselves to authorities and seek asylum. With a soaring 850,000-case immigration court backlog, the average case takes nearly three years to resolve, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The long court backlog — which has grown by 66 percent since fiscal year 2016 — means even migrants with unsuccessful asylum claims can spend years in the U.S. Another magnet for migration to the U.S. is one that Trump has acknowledged: the strong job market, which is a draw for migrants looking for better work opportunities. The number of non-Mexican migrants arrested along the southwest border dropped steeply in fiscal year 2007 — the run-up to the Great Recession — and stayed low for the next four years. That drop-off suggests migrants weren’t eager to travel to the U.S. in the midst of an economic crisis.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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