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The Texas Tribune
November 16, 2014

Officials seek fewer holds on undocumented immigrants
By Julian Aguilar


Federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants in Texas jails longer so they can possibly be deported have dropped by the thousands, according to a recent report. Data crunchers at Syracuse University found that the number of detainers ó federal requests that a state or local jail delay releasing someone for 48 hours so deportation might be pursued ó has dropped since 2012. Texas continued to lead the nation in the number of detainers issued in fiscal year 2013 and through March 2014, the analysis found. The report comes the same week as The New York Times report that President Obama could soon issue an executive order lifting the threat of deportation for millions in the country illegally and allowing some to obtain work permits. The number of times Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked for detainers in Texas fell from an average of 4,400 times a month in fiscal year 2012 to 3,160 by March 2014, according to the analysis by researchers at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a drop of about 28 percent. About 40 percent fewer requests were made nationwide from fiscal year 2012 to March 2014. While unable to pinpoint the dropís exact cause, analysts said, in part it is the result of a growing number of state and local jails that have stopped honoring the requests.


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