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Albuquerque Journal
September 26, 2016

ICE detainers drop sharply at New Mexico jails
By Lauren Villagran

ICE issued 409 detainers in fiscal 2015 in New Mexico, down from 3,170 detainers issued in fiscal 2011, according to data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The data do not show how many of those individuals were deported. The peak came at the height of the “Secure Communities” program that encouraged local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE through the use of detainers and other methods – a program local New Mexico law enforcement broadly rejected and which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he wants to revive. Sixty percent, or 244, of the detainers issued last year by ICE in New Mexico were connected to individuals with no criminal record, according to the TRAC data. Sue Long, director of the TRAC Research Center, said the data show that while detainers “are not supposed to be issued unless there are convictions for significant offenses … they are being issued even to those without a conviction.”

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