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The Texas Tribune
September 18, 2013

Cornyn: Time Left to Fix Immigration's Individual Flaws
By Julián Aguilar

On Tuesday, Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, made public a report indicating that most immigrants with an ICE detainer had not committed even a minor crime — despite the government’s claim that it focuses first on deporting criminal aliens. The detainer is placed on a person after ICE requests the arresting state or local agency hold the alleged criminal until immigration officials can take them into custody. Only 14 percent of the detainers issued in the 2012 fiscal year and the first four months of the 2013 fiscal year met the “agency's goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat,” TRAC officials said. “In fact, roughly half of the 347,691 individuals subject to an ICE detainer (47.7 percent) had no record of a criminal conviction, not even a minor traffic violation,” they added.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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