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January 19, 2023

Report: Immigration backlog hits 2 million with wait times dragging up to 4 years
By Sandra Sanchez

The TRAC report released Wednesday noted a significant drop in the number of Venezuelans who were issued Notices to Appear (NTA) by DHS — the first step in claiming U.S. asylum. In January 2022, the report found, 25% of all NTAs were issued to Venezuelans. That dropped to just 8% by the end of December. At the start of the calendar year, Venezuelans, Haitians, Cubans and Nicaraguans comprised 57% of all asylum applicants issued NTAs. The report said the drop cannot all be attributed to the new policy and the Biden administration would be “foolhardy” to deem the new policy successful based on numbers. “There are a myriad of other important factors impacting immigration flows and the issuance of new NTAs. This makes it challenging if not foolhardy to forecast — based on these data — how these specific administration policy changes will influence future filing trends,” the report says.

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