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Center for Immigration Studies
January 2015

Disabling Detainers How the Obama administration has trashed a key immigration enforcement tool
By Dan Cadman and Mark H. Metcalf

The combination of local obstruction of ICE and ICE’s self-imposed limits on enforcement priorities had already begun before Johnson’s decision to terminate their use. According to a recent report from the Syracuse University Transactional Action Clearinghouse (TRAC), ICE detainers have dropped 39 percent since 2012. Interestingly, the report tells us that, “TRAC shared its findings with ICE and asked the agency for insights into what was driving this downward trend. However, ICE declined to comment on why its agents were issuing fewer detainers......[Citing TRAC research].

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