Fewer than 4-in-10 illegal aliens going before a federal immigration judge are being ordered deported from the United States, the latest data reveals.
The data, collected by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, shows that thus far in fiscal year 2021, only 37 percent of illegal aliens in immigration court are being ordered deported.
Meanwhile, 63 percent of illegal aliens in immigration court are being allowed to remain in the U.S. by either being given immigration relief or having their case closed or terminated.
For perspective, in fiscal year 2020, more than 7-in-10 illegal aliens in immigration court were ordered deported while fewer than 3-in-10 were allowed to remain in the U.S. In fiscal year 2019, more than 72 percent of illegal aliens in immigration court were ordered deported and only 28 percent were allowed to remain in the U.S.
The data indicates that, since President Biden took office, there has been a 47 percent drop in the number of deportation orders given to illegal aliens in immigration court compared to when former President Trump was in office.
At the same time, the number of illegal aliens in immigration court who have been allowed to remain in the U.S. has increased by 113 percent since fiscal year 2020.
The drop in deportation orders comes after the Biden administration has issued memos to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, immigration judges, and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) ordering them to use “prosecutorial discretion” against illegal aliens.
For ICE attorneys, the memo means they must review community contributions, humanitarian factors, a pregnancy, and their age when deciding whether to pursue deportation orders against an illegal alien.
The memo for immigration judges and the BIA, as former immigration judge Andrew Arthur writes, asks them to inquire with ICE whether the illegal alien before them in immigration court is a “removal priority” for the agency.
“[W]hy would an [immigration judge] care about ICE’s removal priorities? I was an [immigration judge] for more than eight years, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, and ICE’s priorities shifted constantly,” Arthur writes. “I only cared about the case that was in front of me at that moment.”
While the Biden administration keeps more illegal aliens in the U.S. through the immigration courts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently operating an expansive Catch and Release policy where about 173,000 border crossers have been released into the U.S. interior in the last six months.
Likewise, data suggests about 750 to 1,000 illegal aliens successfully cross the U.S.-Mexico border every day, undetected by federal immigration officials.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) estimates that by the end of the year, more than 600,000 border crossers will be released into the U.S. interior or have successfully crossed the border.
“That’s larger than the population of Wyoming. It’s approaching the population of Vermont,” Johnson said this week.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter here.