Illegal Migrant Asylum Backlog At Record 1.6 Million

  • There is a backlog of nearly 1.6 million pending asylum applications in U.S. immigration courts and Citizen and Immigration Services—the largest number on record, according to an analysis of data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
  • U.S. immigration courts have seen a 7-fold increase in asylum cases since 2012. Ten years ago the pending asylum cases reached 100,000 cases. However, by the end of the fiscal year 2022, the backlog grew to over 750,000.