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February 23, 2013

Report: Majority of Immigrants Turned Over to ICE Are Non-Criminals
By Reshma Shamasunder

This week, a new report dealt what may be the greatest blow yet to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)'s strained credibility over its deportation practices. The report, authored by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), determined that the overwhelming majority of people ICE has asked local jails to hold for deportation had no convictions. Researchers also found that ICE has asked local jails to hold hundreds of citizens, in flagrant violation of the Constitution. The troubled agency has strenuously claimed it prioritizes its resources to focus deportations on the most "serious" cases. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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