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October 25, 2012

Why We Don't Know More About Immigration Detention
By Ted Hesson

Who's being held in immigration detention centers? A lawsuit filed against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this week hopes to shed more light on that, asking for information like the demographic breakdown of detainees and internal inspection records of all detention facilities. But the goal of the suit, filed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data gathering organization based at Syracuse University, is about much more than just getting this information. "We're trying to establish the principle that they have to give us data," said David Burnham, co-director of TRAC. "We've been negotiating with them for years at the administrative level." The lawsuit filed by TRAC doesn't ask for the reasons behind individual detentions, but a successful case could open the door to such requests in the future.

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