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Bloomberg
April 27, 2021

17 Metrics to Watch in the Biden Era


Those whom the gods would destroy, they might first appoint as Immigration Court judges: In 2019, one judge in Houston was assigned more than 9,000 cases. That soul-sapping caseload is just one manifestation of the crushing backlog that epitomizes the dysfunctional U.S. asylum system. In the last two decades, the number of pending cases in immigration courts has risen by more than tenfold, from 125,734 in 2000 to 1,308,327 today. The overwhelming majority of those involve requests for asylum by citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, a continuing influx that has created a crisis at the Southwest border and one of President Joe Bidenís biggest headaches.


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