• April 20, 2024

Immigrant backlog projected to hit record-high 8 million by October: Report

 Immigrant backlog projected to hit record-high 8 million by October: Report

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By Cami Mondeaux

The number of migrants living in the United States awaiting asylum cases could reportedly surpass 8 million by the end of September, marking a record-high amid a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

More than 8 million asylum-seekers are projected to be living in the country awaiting legal decisions and enforcement on whether they can stay or will be deported, according to internal government documents given to Congress that were obtained by Axios. The projection is far above the 3 million migrants who were in the same holding pattern in 2019, and it’s roughly a 167% increase over the last five years, according to the outlet.

More than 6 million people were already listed on the so-called “non-detained docket” at the end of fiscal year 2023, with that number expected to increase by at least 2 million in the next seven months. Those numbers include migrants who have been ordered to be deported or are awaiting final decisions for their asylum status but aren’t being held in government detention. Immigration and Customs Enforcement only has 40,000 detention beds.

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Republicans have repeatedly called for stricter security policies at the southern border, but legislation has stalled in Congress over disagreements to tie those changes to increased foreign aid for Ukraine and Israel. The recent failed Senate Border Bill proposed funding for additional detention beds.

Border security has emerged as a top campaign topic ahead of the 2024 election, with immigration being the top concern for GOP primary voters in early voting states. Republicans have long dominated the border conversation, especially as the country has experienced a surge in illegal immigration under the Biden administration.

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