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October 2020

Border Security at a Crossroads: The Uncertain Future of America’s Southwestern Border
By Grace Watson and Igor C. Magalhaes

Because of the massive wave of migrants at the border last year, asylum cases consequently flooded the immigration court docket. In the first 11 months of fiscal year 2019 alone, nearly 400,000 cases were added to the existing immigration docket, and the backlog of cases reached one million in September 2019 (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, 2019a). Almost a quarter of all the cases in immigration court decided in fiscal year 2019 were asylum cases—up from just a little over 10% in fiscal year 2014. Due to this backlog, asylum seekers had to wait, on average, almost 3 years, or 1,030 days, before their cases were decided, with a quarter of them waiting even longer at 1,421 days.......[Citing TRAC data and reports]

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