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Center for Immigration Studies
November 2, 2022

Half a Million Aliens Released into the U.S. on ĎAlternatives to Detentioní
By Elizabeth Jacobs


TRAC reviewed the total number of individuals added to and removed from ATD to obtain a clearer picture of the total number of people impacted by ATD, and noted considerable growth in ATD usage in February 2021 (the first full month of the Biden administration). The current ATD population stands at over 316,000 aliens. TRAC also reported that, over the course of the past two years, ICE has monitored the aliens released into the United States on ATD for less and less time despite immigration court backlogs (and relatedly, waiting times for court hearings) growing. At the beginning of the Biden administration, aliens enrolled in ATD were monitored for an average of 700 days. Currently, that average is down to about 200 days. In contrast, by the end of FY 2022, the immigration court backlog was placed at almost 1.93 million cases, up from 1.46 million in FY 2021 and 1.26 million in FY 2020. This increase is stark when considering that the immigration court backlog was 629,000 in FY 2017, which at the time was considered to be at crisis levels.


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