The number of unresolved cases pending in U.S. immigration courts more than doubled during the Trump administration, with would-be immigrants waiting an average of more than four years to have their cases heard.

Source: “The State of the Immigration Courts: Trump Leaves Biden 1.3 Million Case Backlog in Immigration Courts,” TRAC Immigration, Jan. 19, 2021,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Time Period Number of Cases
January 2017 542,411
December 2020 1,290,766

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