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ICE’s Sloppy Public Data Releases Undermine Congress’s Transparency Mandate
(20 Sep 2022) ICE’s latest release of detention data is, once again, riddled with errors. ICE’s data on Alternatives to Detention wrongly reports enrollments of 96,574 people, because the agency mistakenly released data from May 2021 rather than September 2022. (The actual number is closer to 300,000.) ICE’s reported data on immigrant detention facilities shows a similar but even more egregious error: the recently released data is, in fact, for February of Fiscal Year 2020—over two years old. See more...
FY 2022 Seeing Rapid Increase in Immigration Court Completions
(16 Sep 2022) Immigration Court case completions have been rapidly increasing. During the first eleven months of FY 2022. Immigration Judges have closed over 375,000 cases — a historical record. If the pace continues, closures should top more than 400,000 by the end of the fiscal year. This is nearly three times as many case closures as last year. It is also roughly 50 percent higher than the previous high in FY 2019 during the Trump administration. See more...
Most Border Patrol Apprehensions are for Repeat Crossers, But Agency Data Doesn't Yet Provide the Full Picture
(09 Sep 2022) Using detailed government records, TRAC found that the percent of Border Patrol (BP) apprehensions that comprise repeat border crossers did not significantly increase when, under Title 42 , illegal border crossers were not penalized or sanctioned before they were expelled. This finding, based on data obtained from the Border Patrol by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, is contrary to agency contentions and arguments by policy analysts that immediate expulsions without applying meaningful sanctions such as criminal prosecution to repeat crossers encourages illegal reentry attempts. See more...
ICE Detention Numbers At Standstill Across the Board
(23 Aug 2022) The number of people in ICE custody typically fluctuates, and in recent months, ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program has grown tremendously to nearly 300,000. However, in August so far, ICE's numbers have become fairly static across the board. From the end of July, when ICE last released data until the middle of August, the total number of people on ATD has barely grown at all, hovering just below 300,000. ICE's detained population has remained between about 23,000 and 24,000 for the summer, despite reports of large numbers of migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border. See more...
How Often Do the FBI and the Department of Justice Seek Search Warrants and Subpoenas?
(22 Aug 2022) From January through June of this year, federal prosecutors made 883 applications to federal judges to authorize search warrants and issue subpoenas or a summons, according to the most current government records. A long list of federal agencies were the requesters, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation topped the rolls with 309 requests, 35 percent of the total. See more...
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