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The Washington Post
September 8, 2015

These numbers are the first sign of the big shift in immigration priorities
By Jerry Markon

The Department of Homeland Security’s use of a controversial tool to deport illegal immigrants fell 30 percent in recent months, continuing a longer-term decline dating back several years, a new report says. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in April lodged 30 percent fewer requests with local police departments to hold immigrants targeted for deportation than the agency had in October, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), an independent research organization at Syracuse University. The requests, known as detainers, have come under fire from police and immigrant advocates, and a series of federal court decisions have raised legal and constitutional questions about them. The requests ask police to hold immigrants ICE wants to deport for up to 48 hours after their scheduled release from custody.

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