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June 3, 2024

Surge in U.S. Border Crossings Adds to Shortage in Asylum Lawyers
By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq.


Syracuse University has a data gathering, research and distribution organization called the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Its goal is to provide America with data on the federal government's activities regarding migrants, often using public information via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to TRACís latest data from U.S. immigration courts, as of the end of April, there were nearly 3.6 million migrants with pending deportation cases, compared to only 2.8 million at the end of 2023. Miami-Dade County, in Florida, had the biggest number of deportations. Honduras had the largest number of immigrants that judges ordered to be deported. By the end of April, the courts had received 1,305,443 new cases in 2024 alone, but only 517,675 cases had been completed by the courts. These are record numbers both of new cases filed in court and of case completions by immigration judges.


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