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Miami Herald
March 29, 2024

How many migrants have come to South Florida in recent years? Court cases provide clue
By Syra Ortiz Blanes and Ana Claudia Chacin

Miami has long been a destination for immigrants from Latin America, the Caribbean and elsewhere. But experts, lawyers and even local officials have said that itís been difficult to put a number on the new arrivals in South Florida over the past few years. Now, a research institute at Syracuse University could shed light on those hard-to-pin down statistics. An analysis of Department of Homeland Security data by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows that Miami has the largest total of new deportation cases filed this fiscal year of any immigration courts in the country. TRACís statistics do not include every immigrant who has recently come to the area, and also includes people who have lived here a long time or who live elsewhere but have their court cases in Miami. But the numbers provide useful insights about the influx that reveals how many people are coming and who they are.

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