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American Immigration Council
August 31, 2015

ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question
By American Immigration Council Staff

New data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) shows that while the government’s use of detainers is decreasing, the number of detainers issued for individuals without criminal convictions remains high. TRAC’s report, released last Friday, looks at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) use of detainers in April 2015, the most recent month for which information is available. According to TRAC, during April 2015, ICE issued 7,993 detainers. This “is 30 percent fewer than the 11,355 detainers ICE issued in October 2014 — the month prior to the November 20, 2014 announcement of a new DHS policy restricting detainer use and discontinuing its Secure Communities (SC) program.” ICE’s use of detainers has been declining since March 2011, when the number peaked at 27,916. According to TRAC, “the decline in the use of detainers does parallel a period of growing criticism of the SC program by state and local law enforcement agencies, immigration rights groups, and others.” - See more at: http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/08/31/ice-issuing-fewer-detainers-but-compliance-with-enforcement-priorities-in-question/#sthash.JkW5Idm8.dpuf

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