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February 2, 2017

Lame Duck Obama Admin Hid Sharp Decline In ICE Deportations
By Kathryn Watson

In the final months of the outgoing Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials began quietly hiding evidence revealing a huge increase in the number apprehended and incarcerated illegal aliens allowed go free, rather than face detention or deportation. In addition to drastically increasing sanctioned catch-and-release cases during in the latter part of former President Barack Obama’s second term, ICE also changed its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policy to make its “already limited flow of data” on detainers and detainer-prompted deportations all but impossible to to obtain, according to a new Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report. “ICE is now withholding the very same types of data it previously released so that continued monitoring of its detainer program will be largely prevented,” according to TRAC, which said it had to file “hundreds” of FOIA requests, then appeal those requests and file a successful lawsuit to acquire the ICE detainer data. ICE began leaving fields of information blank that it once “routinely” provided TRAC in response to monthly FOIA requests, with no explanation, the report said.

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