The US Asylum Backlog Is Nearing 1.6 Million, The Highest Number On Record

  • A growing number of asylum seekers are being electronically monitored through the Department of Homeland Security’s Alternative to Detention program, while a small portion – about 2,000 – are in ICE detention, according to the clearinghouse.
  • The analysis comes amid a recent surge in migrants – many from Venezuela and Haiti – at the southern US border.
  • Despite the continued cold temperatures, border agents in the El Paso area continue to encounter between 1,500 and 1,600 migrants every day, a federal law enforcement source with knowledge of operations on the ground told CNN.
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