New Immigration Court Data Show New Cases Continue to Fall
(13 Mar 2024) According to the latest Immigration Court records, the number of incoming cases continues to decline. In February 2024 the Immigration Courts received 144,939 new cases—10,000 fewer cases than arrived during January. This is sharply lower than the 265,000 cases that arrived two months ago during December.

Mexicans had the largest number of new Court cases in February, followed by Guatemalans. The largest number of each of these immigrant nationalities set up residence in California. Cubans were the third largest group, followed by Haitians in fourth place. The largest number of each of these two nationalities headed to Florida where they settled. The fifth largest nationality among new Court cases filed during February were Colombians, and the largest component of these immigrants settled in California.

Highlights from data updated in TRAC's Immigration Court tools show that:

  • Immigration Courts recorded receiving 993,966 new cases so far in FY 2024 as of February 2024. This compares with 355,372 cases that the court completed during this period.

  • Acording to court records, only 0.33% of FY 2024 new cases sought deportation orders based on any alleged criminal activity of the immigrant, apart from possible illegal entry.

  • So far this fiscal year (through February 2024), immigration judges have issued removal and voluntary departure orders in 34.6% of completed cases, totaling 113,496 deportation orders.

  • Among Immigration Court cases completed in February 2024, Immigrants in Wisconsin had the highest proportion ordered removed. Vermont residents had the lowest proportion ordered removed.

  • So far in FY 2024 (through February 2024), immigrants from Honduras top list of nationalities with largest number ordered deported.

  • Only 14.7% of immigrants, including unaccompanied children, had an attorney to assist them in Immigration Court cases when a removal order was issued in February 2024.

  • At the end of February 2024, 3,438,990 active cases were pending before the Immigration Court.

  • Miami-Dade County, FL has the most residents with pending Immigration Court deportation cases (as of the end of February 2024).

  • Immigration judges have held 11,085 bond hearings so far in FY 2024 (through February 2024). Of these 3,155 were granted bond.

For more information, see TRAC's Immigration Court Quick Facts or see TRAC's full range of immigration court tools online here.

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