More than 150,000 new cases were lodged with U.S. immigration courts in July alone, continuing the record-setting rate of immigration. The record-setting month saw three times as many people enter the country via the CBP One program as the utmost number of 45,000 that the Biden administration says it would allow per month.
The 150,578 Notices To Appear (NTAs) for deportation hearings according to data compiled by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). That equates to 4,800 individuals per day in July. Appointments are made by border officials when asylum applicants are initially admitted to the United States so that they may present their cases.
They are frequently scheduled months or years in advance.
85,782 cases were referred to the courts for Entry Without Inspection, which includes those who unlawfully entered the country and were apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) between land border entry points. If discovered unlawfully entering the United States, migrants should be deported and banned from the country for five years under Title 8 processing at the border.
However, if individuals can demonstrate to U.S. border agents that they fear for their lives if returned to their native country, they can be assessed for asylum in the United States. In July, 64,306 cases were referred for Other Immigration Charges, which includes all those legally admitted under the CBP One app scheme, which requires migrants to coordinate a sponsor and make an appointment with border officers before entering the United States.
Alongside them are a small number of other cases referred to immigration tribunals, including terrorism and National Security charges as well as aggravated felony and other criminal charges, but they account for less than 0.5% of the cases. Since October 2000, when TRAC began compiling records, all seven months of 2023 rank among the top ten months with the most filings with immigration courts.
Between 80,000 and 150,000 individuals are added to the immigration court system each month. In total, over 820,000 will be admitted to the United States in 2023, surpassing the previous record of 797,800 set in 2022. As the end of the pandemic-era Title 42 measure approached, the number of border crossings increased in May, but the sustained record number of filings indicates that the “tough” new measures pledged by Biden are not deterring border crossers.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a press release on June 6 praising the administration’s actions, stating: “[Since] the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive plan to manage the border went into full effect on May 12, DHS has continued to experience a significant decrease in encounters at the Southwest Border. The plan of the Administration is operating as intended.”
In June alone, however, boundary Patrol statistics revealed that officers encountered 99,545 illegal crossing attempts along the Southwest boundary.
In addition to the hundreds of thousands of persons registered as entering the country, former CBP Chief Raul Ortiz estimated in May that 530,000 “gotaways” — illegal immigrants who entered the country but were not apprehended — had entered the United States since October.
The Post disclosed last week that New York is the top destination for migrants in the country, receiving one in ten who cross the southern boundary. According to city leaders, the influx of migrants has overwhelmed public services and shelters and pushed the city to its breaking point.
The city expects to spend $12 billion on the migrant crisis by the end of 2024, according to Mayor Eric Adams, and as of last week, at least 57,000 people remained in shelters.
In February, the Biden administration announced that it would impose strict new regulations on migrants, such as requiring them to register for asylum in other countries before entering the United States, arriving only by aircraft with proper documentation, and not entering the country illegally.
Numerous migrants interviewed by The Post shortly after crossing the border since then, however, stated that these rules are not always enforced and that individuals have discovered methods to circumvent them.