Hundreds of thousands of migrants can remain in the United States due to dropped deportation cases under President Joe Biden.

Federal data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reveals a significant increase in case dismissals, allowing more migrants to stay. Under Biden, 77 percent of migrants have had their deportation cases dropped, while only 22 percent were ordered removed. TRAC researchers note the administration’s efforts to expedite decisions on recent cases and close older ones not posing public safety threats.

Biden's Policies Allow Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants to Stay in U.S.
Graph courtesy of Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse

Conversely, under former President Donald Trump, nearly 60 percent of migrants with pending cases were ordered deported. TRAC researchers highlight that during Trump’s tenure, relief from removal increased until the pandemic, but fewer cases were closed through prosecutorial discretion, leading to a higher deportation rate.

The immigration court backlog has tripled under Biden, now exceeding 3.5 million cases, up from around one million when Trump left office. Additionally, the number of illegal aliens on the federal government’s “non-detained docket” is projected to reach eight million by the end of 2024, nearly triple the 2020 figure.

Biden is also expected to see more than ten million migrant encounters at the nation’s borders during his term, an unprecedented presidential record.