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The Associated Press
February 12, 2010

ICE non-criminal detentions fell for 3 months
By Suzanne Gamboa

Roughly one in four immigration detainees - or 27 percent - had criminal records between October 2008 and September 2009, the Syracuse University-based Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse reported. But the number of immigrants with criminal convictions increased to about four of 10 - or 43 percent - between October and December 2009 and is trending upward, according to TRAC. Sue Long, TRAC co-director, said if the trend of fewer non-criminal detainees continues, the Obama administration's detention policies would be in line with Congress' mandate. But she cautioned the three-month trend could be a blip.

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