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February 20, 2013

New 50-month analysis shows ICE detained over 800 US citizens and over 28,000 green card holders

A new analysis of who U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been ‘detaining’ and processing for deportation from 2008 to early 2012 is both a relief and cause for concern. According to a report issued by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) on immigration enforcement, 77 percent of the ‘immigration holds’ placed on people in law enforcement custody were individuals who had no criminal record — “either at the time the detainer was issued or subsequently.” A remarkable piece of data to get since TRAC authors report that ICE officials were less than forthcoming when asked to report on the nature of the crime for which the individual had been convicted.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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