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The Monitor
October 14, 2010

PJSA North student volunteers to leave the country
By Naxiely Lopez

There are hundreds of thousands of people who have been or are in Garcia’s situation. The number of people removed from the country has almost doubled in the past five years, according to an in-depth study by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which carefully examined nearly 2 million detention records from Immigration and Customs Enforcement — the agency in charge of detaining and removing non-citizens. In that same time frame, the 2010 report states, Congress poured $24 billion into the agency with the promise that ICE would give priority to detaining and removing aliens who were widely believed to pose a real threat to the safety of the United States. However, up until 2010, the sharp increase in detentions and removals was largely accomplished by catching noncitizens who had not committed a crime, the report found.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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