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August 18, 2016

Report: ICE may not be taking custody of dangerous undocumented immigrants
By Stephen Loiaconi

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has been studying the impact of these policy changes on ICE activity and law enforcement cooperation. Studies released by TRAC last week showed mixed results. Cooperation is improving, but ICE apprehensions from law enforcement custody are declining. The percentage of ICE requests denied by law enforcement dropped in the second half of 2015, falling from nearly 5 percent in June to 1.6 percent in November. Law enforcement agencies appear more willing to comply with notification requests than detainers, but the data also showed that ICE agents were using notifications less often. In each of the last six months of 2015, more than 60 percent of detainer requests did not result in ICE taking custody of the immigrants. According to TRAC, when President Obama took office in January 2008, 72 percent of requests did lead to immigrants being taken into ICE custody.

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