Since President Joe Biden assumed office in 2021, approximately 3.8 million migrants have entered the United States, nearly half of whom illegally and unapprehended.
Statistics gathered by Syracuse University’s TRAC immigration database show that 2,345,600 persons have been given Notices to Appear (NTAs) before an immigration court during the past three years.
NTAs are given to visitors who land in the US, turn themselves in to Border Patrol, and request asylum. If it is determined that they may have a case, a hearing is scheduled for them, frequently years in advance, at which a judge will decide whether they may stay in the nation or must be deported.
In the fiscal year 2023 of the Department of Homeland Security, which runs from October 1 to September 30, more over 1.23 million of them NTAs were granted. A record-breaking 151,910 NTAs were granted in July, and that number increased by 19% to just over 180,000 in August.
According to TRAC, the number of cases has fully overloaded the court system, leaving a backlog of approximately 2.7 million Immigration Court cases that are currently outstanding.
Moreover, about 1.5 million so-called “gotaways” — those who Customs and Border Protection believe have entered the nation without being discovered or apprehended — have been reported over the previous three years, and their numbers have also been gradually rising over time.
All fifty states have received migrants who have crossed the border, but in the past year, the situation has been most severe in Texas (170,475), California (165,186), Florida (152,048), and New York (145,690).