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November 13, 2014

Detention of Undocumented Immigrants Declines by 39 Percent Over Last 18 Months

Detentions of immigrants in the United States fell 39 percent between the end of Fiscal Year 2012 and 2014, according to data compiled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and included in a study published Wednesday by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, research center. In the 18 months between October 2012 and March 2014, ICE detained about 9,000 people per month. The results are based on the number of detentions as per ICE detention orders obtained by TRAC, which is affiliated with Syracuse University, under the Freedom of Information Act. TRAC reported during fiscal 2012 that ICE issued more than 250,000 detention orders, an average of more than 22,800 per month. This average number was reduced to an average of 17,777 during fiscal 2013, the study found, adding that the data also cover the subsequent five-month period ending last March during which an average of 13,898 detentions were made each month. The states with the largest numbers of detentions were California and Texas, and they experienced reductions of 55 percent and 28 percent, respectively, the report added, emphasizing that 42 percent of the detention orders issued by ICE during the period were for people located in those two states.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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