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New Immigration Court Data Show Sharp Drop in New Cases, Increase in Case Closures: TRAC

February 12, 2024 (1 min read)

TRAC, Feb. 9, 2024

"According to the latest court records the number of incoming cases declined substantially in January 2024, when the Immigration Courts received 154,057 new cases, a drop of over 110,000 in monthly new arrivals at the Court compared to December. At the same time, Court completions last month jumped to a new record high with 76,679 closures, which is 45 percent greater than they were at this time a year ago. Both of these figures are helpful for understanding the current state of the Immigration Court backlog. The Immigration Court backlog, which now stands at over 3.3 million cases, has been the subject of significant public concern. The backlog is shaped by the number of new cases coming in and the number cases closed. The latest data, received and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, show a generally positive trend in January, since fewer incoming cases and greater numbers of case closures are two ways to slow the growth of the backlog."