Reforms of ICE Detainer Program Largely Ignored by Field Officers
(09 Aug 2016) Two central features of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's attempted reforms of ICE's I-247 program have had little impact on the day-to-day actions of ICE field offices.

Only half of the I-247s during the first two months of FY 2016 target individuals with any criminal record - a rate even slightly lower than before the Secretary's announced reforms in November of 2014. In those reforms Secretary Johnson had directed ICE to seek the transfer of individuals in the custody of state or local enforcement agencies to only those who had already been convicted of significant crimes.

Analysis of the recorded criminal history for each individual ICE sought custody for shows that the Secretary's directive has had little impact on ICE targeting practices. For example, only one quarter met ICE standards as a "Level 1" offense - the most serious type of crimes. The most common conviction was for drunk driving. In addition four out of every five I-247s ICE issued in the latest data ask that individuals be detained beyond their normal period, rather than the new protocol where ICE is just notified.

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