Immigration Detainers Decline 39 Percent Since FY 2012
(12 Nov 2014) There has been a dramatic drop in the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the latest available data from the agency. In the eighteen month period from the end of FY 2012 through March 2014, there has been a 39 percent decrease in the number of ICE detainers sent to local, state and federal law enforcement officials. This 39 percent decline translates into around 9,000 fewer ICE detainers issued each month, or more than 100,000 fewer a year.

These results are based upon detainer-by-detainer records obtained from ICE by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

ICE detainers have fallen through nearly the entire country: only DC, Vermont, New Hampshire and Guam have seen increases, and these accounted for only about 0.2 percent of all detainers issued since the start of FY 2012. The states with the largest number of detainers, California and Texas, saw declines of 55 percent and 28 percent, respectively. These two states accounted for 42 percent of all detainers issued by ICE over the same period.

Among the other states with a large number of detainers issued -- over 10,000 in the reporting period -- the greatest decreases were seen in Georgia (down 58%), North Carolina (down 53%), Illinois (down 47%) and Colorado (down 44%).

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