Detainees Leaving ICE Detention from the
Mercy First - Syosset
Syosset, New York
Table 1: Number leaving ICE detention
from this facility
During the most recent 12 month period for which data are available, a total of 102 detainees housed
at the Mercy First - Syosset left that facility because they were deported, were released under
supervision while their cases were being decided, or left ICE detention for one of a variety of other reasons.
This is a special facility for housing juveniles.
Those individuals who departed from this facility because they were leaving ICE detention made up 95 percent of
the 107 detainees housed at this facility during the last 12 months.
This report focuses on the reasons these individuals left ICE detention.
Sometimes this report speaks of these individuals as those "exiting" ICE detention, or simply as "exits."
The others remained in ICE detention but were transferred from
the Mercy First - Syosset to other facilities.
This report covers those who left ICE custody.
It excludes individuals transferred to other ICE facilities.
For more information on this facility, including individuals that were transferred, see additional TRAC reports in this series.
This report series is based upon analyses conducted by the Transactional Records Access
Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University of 1.7 million government records tracking
each individual who passed through an ICE detention facility during fiscal year 2015.
This most recent 12 month period for which comprehensive data are available covers
October 2014 through September 2015. See
About the Data.
How This Facility Ranks Nationally
Rankings on the number leaving ICE detention. The Mercy First - Syosset was one
of 637 facilities nationwide that housed ICE detainees during the most
recent 12 month period. Of these 637, there were 358 that had
at least 10 individuals who were deported or released.
Excluding those facilities with fewer than 10 exits, the
Mercy First - Syosset last year ranked in the top 55 percent nationwide in
the number of individuals leaving ICE detention.
This means that 55 percent of the locations contributed the same or a
larger numbers of exits, while 45
percent had a smaller number. See Table 1.
Deportations. Nationally, the most common reason that a detainee left ICE detention was
that they were deported from the United States.
During the most recent 12 month period for which comprehensive data are available,
nationwide 56.3 percent of those leaving ICE detention were deported
or "voluntarily" departed.
By way of comparison, a lower percentage of detainees (0 percent) left
the country from the Mercy First - Syosset because they were formally deported, or left under
the so-called "voluntary departure" procedure.
Were Detained Individuals from the Local Area?
Information on the place of arrest was not included in the available data ICE released.
However, we can examine whether the Mercy First - Syosset was the first ICE facility in which
these detainees were held.
According to ICE records, for some (22 percent) of these detainees, the Mercy First - Syosset
was the first place they were sent when they were detained by ICE.
The remaining 78 percent had been
transferred in from another ICE detention facility.
We can also look at how quickly they arrived at this facility after they were first detained.
A total of 85 percent arrived at the Mercy First - Syosset at some point
during the very first day they were detained by ICE.
There was considerable variability among detainees in the number of detention facilities
they had been held in before they were finally deported or released from this facility.
The number of facilities ranged as high as 7 separate locations for some detainees.
These figures again are based on an analysis of the most recent 12 months for which data are available.
For the United States as a whole, last year the average number of ICE facilities
detainees moved through was 1.8.
Detainees at the Mercy First - Syosset on average had stayed at somewhat more (1.9)
Table 3: Reasons individuals left ICE detention during the last 12 months
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The issuance of an order to release the detainee was the most common reason why individuals were
recorded as leaving ICE detention from this facility.
Under an "order of recognizance" an individual is released with reporting conditions while in deportation proceedings and
awaiting a final decision.
A second type of order ("order of supervision") releases an individual after a final order of removal.
Here an individual is released because ICE has not met the time limits the law imposes for deporting the individual.
There were 99 (97 percent) who left the Mercy First - Syosset detention for these reasons: 99 with orders
of recognizance, and none with an order of supervision.
Transferred to ORR custody.
A total of 2 individuals (2 percent) left this facility last year because they were turned over to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
Among ORR's responsibility is the supervision of unaccompanied children, including
their placement whenever possible with qualified sponsors or family members who ORR
determines are capable of providing for the child's physical and mental well-being.
No legitimate grounds to deport.
Sometimes individuals left ICE detention because they "won" their case.
Typically this occurs when an Immigration Judge orders the deportation proceedings ICE has
filed against them "terminated" (dismissed) and the judge's order after any appeals
Analysis of the latest 12 months of data show that one individual was released from detention by the Mercy First - Syosset
because a determination was made that there were no grounds
to deport the individual and thus ICE had to release him or her from custody.
Escape and death. Nationally, there were 65 individuals who
escaped ICE detention during the latest 12 month period for which data are available,
and 6 individuals were recorded as having died in detention.
No one was recorded by the Mercy First - Syosset as either escaping or dying last year.
As shown in Table 3, no one was recorded as leaving the Mercy First - Syosset during the past 12 months for the following
Alternative ATD custody, Bonded Out, Removed, Paroled, Prosecutorial Discretion, U.S. Marshals or other agency, Voluntary Return and Withdrawal. See "Reasons for Leaving ICE Detention" for a description of these categories.
Comparing Release Reasons Against The National Picture
In many respects release reasons for the Mercy First - Syosset departed from the national picture.
No one left because they were deported from this facility, while for the U.S.
as a whole 55 percent left for this reason.
No one left as a voluntary departure from this facility, while this was true
for 1 percent of all individuals nationally.
In addition, differences were seen for detainees released on orders of recognizance or supervision (97
versus 20 percent), individuals released on bond (none versus 11 percent), for those paroled (none versus 5 percent), and those released to the U.S. Marshal or other agency (none versus 5 percent).
The facility's percentages fell within 3 percentage points of the national figures for all other categories.
Figure 3: Nationality of those
leaving ICE detention
Which nationalities predominate? Last year in the United States, individuals
from Mexico comprised the largest number of those leaving ICE detention. Some 43.4
percent of all detainees recorded Mexico as their country of origin.
The Mercy First - Syosset had a much smaller proportion of detainees from Mexico - 1 percent among their exits.
Detainees from Mexico were not the largest single nationality group among those leaving detention from the facility.
In descending order,
the top nationalities that made up those leaving ICE detention from the Mercy First - Syosset last year were:
, El Salvador (35%), Honduras (19%) and Mexico (1%).
This compared to the United States as a whole where the other top five nationalities after
Mexico were Guatemala (19%), El Salvador (15%), Honduras (12%) and Ecuador (1%).
Table 4: Numbers leaving ICE detention by nationality
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during the last 12 months