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Texas Public Policy Foundation
September 2019

Border Security An Assessment of the Metrics
By Igor C. Magalhaes

Most migrants now making their way to the United States’ border are family units and unaccompanied alien children(UACs) from Central America—especially Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—who actively look for Border Patrol so they can claim asylum (Arthur). While the majority will be denied asylum—since asylum is reserved for those fleeing persecution in their country of origin not for economic opportunity or family reunification—the backlog in immigration court makes the full adjudication of cases take years (TRAC 2018). The backlog is now over one million cases, with an average wait period of 696 days per case(TRAC 2019).

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