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Arizona Daily Star
May 25, 2013

Florence busiest initial stop for ICE detainees
By Perla Trevizo

Arizona is home to the facility where the largest number of immigration detainees are initially held in the nation, new data show. More than 7,600 people were initially detained at the Florence Staging Facility between November and December 2012, according to a new report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research group. That's followed by two locations in Texas: Brooks County jail in Falfurrias where 4,615 people were initially held, and the Rio Grande Valley Staging Facility, with 4,556 detainees. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, is a nonpartisan research organization associated with Syracuse University. TRAC based the state location on the place where ICE recorded the person as entering its custody since the agency hasn't released information on where the person was initially apprehended, the report says. Nearly 8,500 individuals were picked up across the country and detained by ICE during a typical week, TRAC reported, "If activity levels continue at this pace, ICE will detain around 400,000 individuals during the current fiscal year." And what happens to detainees in immigration custody also varies widely by state. Arizona has the second-highest state removal rate at 84 percent, only after New Mexico, with 88 percent, TRAC reported Wednesday.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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