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August 25, 2014

Till I.C.E. Do Us Part
By Yana Kunichoff

In ICE’s Chicago area of responsibility, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin, 57 percent of those deported between 2008 and 2011—more than 25,000 immigrants— received “fast-track” deportations, according to an analysis by the Chicago Reporter. Nationally, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data-collection project run out of Syracuse University, estimates that 1 in 3 deported immigrants never make it to court, but rather are packed off through an “expedited removal.” While deportation times vary, “expedited removals” are the fastest possible deportation process. This can range from a week to several months, some or all of which can be spent behind bars.

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