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October 6, 2010

Lifting the Veil from the Immigrant Detention System
By Sarah Kate Kramer

The lack of transparency in the detention system is troubling for journalists, as well as advocates. In May, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) requested the following data for immigrants arrested since 2004: * The location of the person’s apprehension or arrest (city or state) * The person’s final detention facility * Location where the person was removed from the county * Nature of each previous criminal charge and its disposition * Whether the person is an “aggravated felon” * The nature of the formal removal charges * Marital status, children and kinship ICE responded in September that certain details previously released were now “unavailable” and tacked on a $450,000 fee for TRAC to access available data. Separate from the issue of whether or not undocumented immigrants should be forced to leave the U.S., as journalists we insist on greater transparency. We wish The Story Line the best of luck in getting these stories heard.

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