Acting DHS Secretary Reveals Whopping Percentage of Migrants Don’t Show for Their Court Hearings

The number of migrants who enter the U.S. after seeking asylum and are a no-show for their court date is staggering.

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee during Tuesday’s hearing that 90 percent of asylum-seekers who come into the country are not to be seen again.

“It depends on demographic, the court, but we see too many cases where people are not showing up,” McAleenan said. “Out of those 7,000 cases, 90 received final orders of removal in absentia, 90 percent.”

“Ninety percent did not show up?” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked.

“Correct, that is a recent sample from families crossing the border,” McAleenan responded.

Watch the full hearing below:


“Currently due to a single district court order, we cannot obtain effective immigration enforcement results for the families arriving at our border — they cannot be held for longer than 21 days and do not receive rulings from immigration courts for years,” McAleenan also noted.

Additionally, McAleenan explained the situation at the border as he laid out statistics:

“Last month we encountered a modern record of 144,000 border crossers, a record day of over 5,800 border crossings in a single 24-hour period and the largest single group ever apprehended at our border, 1,036 individuals.

As IJR Red previously noted, Graham said during Tuesday’s hearing that “we’ve reached the breaking point” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“If you’re on the border, dealing with this problem, you are one of the most patriotic people in this country,” Graham said in praise of border law enforcement.

The Republican lawmaker’s concern to fix the situation at the southern border was also reflected by chief Border Patrol agent of the El Paso sector Aaron Hull, who said Tuesday that every day that the number increases of immigrants flowing to the U.S.-Mexico border in hopes to cross illegally, “every day our border security threats increase.”


  1. If you’re going to fix something, you have to agree to the facts first. They have their facts wrong. Hell, Obama had a program where 95% showed up for their hearings. They had been released into the United States and showed up. Perhaps they can use Obama’s program? Oh yeah, they only like white men’s programs and policies.

    1. I don’t think we actually know if obamas worked or not. We have so many different numbers depending who is asked so… Fact is. They should not be allowed in this country until after their court dates. No other country allows non citizens to do this. It is a free for all. Well not all. Just illegals. We have to pay.

    1. You probably know the answer to that: This guy is either dyslexic or has cherry-picked a select sample to please his benefactor, DJT.

    2. The data on the doj website first of all is out of date. Also it reflects the number of asylum seekers returning to court after their initial hearing and then release. Due to the recent surge in illegal border crossings the detention centers are full and people are being released before their initial hearing. And most of the asylum claims are bogus so of course they skip their initial hearing.

    3. You misinterpreted the table you’re referencing:

      “When an alien fails to appear for a hearing, the IJ MAY conduct a hearing in the alien’s absence (in
      absentia). The in absentia rate refers to the proportion of all IJ decisions at the ICC where the removal
      order is issued in absentia.”

      This only deals with hearings that the IJ may have conducted in the absence of the alien not appearing. It does NOT include all aliens who didn’t show up for their hearings.

  2. Why wouldn’t they show up to be granted asylum? Probably because they realize they have no valid case.

  3. What did they expect?! This is how we have over 2 million illegal immigrants living in our country. Are they that dense that they don’t understand that this is where the problem lies for those who want the border protected with a barrier? By allowing them to enter the country after being caught illegally entering, we’re basically saying to them to ignore our laws. They know they’ll lose at their hearing for lack of an acceptable reason or aren’t here to do anything but engage in criminal activity. They know nothing will happen to them- they know they’ll be fed, clothed and given housing whether they show up to court or not. They should be required to register their court date and if they’re recieving any kind of benefits, they should be cut off from all financial assistance immediately, a warrant issued for their immediate arrest and deportation. If I fail to show up for a court date, a warrant is issued for my arrest- why is there a double standard? Most work for cash- it’s impossible to locate them unless they recieve welfare benefits- cut it off- remove them from federally funded housing and put them right onto a bus headed south of the border.

  4. It’s just like jumping bail , I see no difference . They committed a crime -did not show up at court . A warrant should be issued and followed up on ! Treat them no less than an American citizen would be !!!!

    1. Except his numbers seem to be all wrong. We have years of DOJ data with rates OVER 90%. For it to completely flip seems…unlikely.

  5. they can live on dope money and stay here and stay hidden. they will always have money to get smuggled back across if their deported

  6. No duh. They got what they wanted, entry into the riches of El Norte.

    That’s why it’s so important to deny any and all services AND impose harsh punishment on their relatives, even if living here legally. e.g. you sponsored an “asylum” case who disappeared? Let’s revoke your green card or assess huge monetary fines.

    1. Yet this is, mysteriously, never mentioned by the MSM. Hmmm, might they have an agenda?

      1. Because the numbers are the exact opposite of what they have been the last few years. Someone must be cooking the books.

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