Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 19, 2024

7.4 Million Migrants Await Deportation Across U.S., Exceeding Births Over Two Years

The number of migrants awaiting deportation hearings in the United States has surged dramatically under President Joe Biden's administration, according to recent reports.

The current number of migrants on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) non-detained docket is set to surpass eight million by the end of 2024, more than doubling the figures from President Donald Trump's era.

According to Breitbart News, approximately 7.4 million migrants are currently residing in the U.S. while awaiting deportation hearings. This figure, reported by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, represents a significant increase from the numbers seen during the previous administration.

ICE Non-Detained Docket Reaches Record High

Under President Biden, the ICE non-detained docket has expanded considerably. The number of migrants in this category has more than doubled compared to the Trump administration's peak, which saw about 2.6 million migrants in his presidency's first full fiscal year. By the end of Trump's term, the docket had increased by approximately 600,000 cases.

President Biden’s administration has seen an increase of 4.2 million cases. By the end of 2024, ICE agents predict that the docket will include over eight million migrants. This growth is significantly outpacing the number of births in the U.S. over a comparable period.

RJ Hauman, President of the National Immigration Center for Enforcement (NICE), expressed concerns about the current administration's handling of the situation. He stated, "Since day one, President Biden has failed to detain illegal aliens by the law, instead acting upon the wishes of 'Abolish ICE' groups."

Decreasing Detentions and Increased Monitoring

Despite the rising numbers, many ICE detention beds remain unused. Hauman noted that the use of GPS monitoring for these migrants has also decreased, which he claims has contributed to the growing non-detained docket. He criticized the administration's approach, suggesting that it aims to dismantle the detention system entirely.

Hauman further commented, "Thousands of ICE detention beds remain unfilled, and the use of GPS monitoring has decreased significantly while the non-detained docket approaches eight million." This, he argues, allows migrants to "roam free and await an amnesty."

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly adding about 172,000 migrants to ICE’s non-detained docket each month. This influx suggests that the docket could reach approximately 8.6 million migrants by December 2024.

Impact on U.S. Immigration Policy

The rapid increase in the non-detained docket raises questions about the effectiveness and future direction of U.S. immigration policy. The current administration's approach contrasts sharply with that of the previous administration, which prioritized stricter enforcement and higher detention rates.

Supporters of President Biden’s policies argue that they are more humane and provide better opportunities for migrants to integrate into American society. However, critics like Hauman believe these policies undermine immigration law enforcement and contribute to a growing backlog in the immigration court system.

Melugin’s report highlights the scale of the issue, stating, "Per multiple federal sources, ICE’s non-detained docket has exploded to 7.4 million cases, more than doubling the Trump years, and it’s on pace to hit 8 million by [the] end of year."

In summary, the Biden administration has seen a substantial increase in the number of migrants on ICE's non-detained docket, with projections indicating that this number will continue to grow. The administration's policies, focusing less on detention and more on monitoring, have sparked significant debate and concern among various stakeholders.

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