The average deportation case now takes nearly three years to resolve, offering yet another incentive for those coming to the U.S. illegally.
More than 1.3 million deportation cases are pending in U.S. immigration courts, exposing another loophole in the broken system. Texas leads the nation with more than 213,000.
“The backlogs themselves become an incentive to try to get here by hook or by crook, illegally or overstaying a visa or even crossing through a port-of-entry and making an asylum claim,” says Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.
“It gives people a foothold here and enables them to hang around for an extended period waiting for what they hope will be the next amnesty.”
Vaughan says Trump at least took that incentive away with the Remain in Mexico program.
“There's no point in paying a smuggler a year's wages in your home country, just to be turned around at the border.”