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International Business Times
September 8, 2015

US Immigration: Police Detention Of Suspected Undocumented Immigrant Criminals Declines By 30%
By Christopher Harress

The rate at which police departments are holding undocumented immigrants being targeted for deportation by the Department of Homeland Security has fallen by 30 percent in recent months, says a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), an independent research organization at Syracuse University. The downturn is part of a trend of rapidly declining requests in recent years. Homeland Security's system, known as the Secure Communities program, is a tool that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ask local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to hold suspected noncitizen criminals in order to give ICE an opportunity to take them into custody and remove them from the country. Advocate groups said the system did not target serious criminals and was responsible for breaking up families and destroying communities. Those held are known by ICE as "detainers." “The decline in the use of detainers does parallel a period of growing criticism of the Secure Communities program by state and local law enforcement agencies, immigration rights groups, and others,” the report said.

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