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March 31, 2017

This is the Data We No Longer Get about Immigration Enforcement Under the Trump Administration
By Alex Newman - PRI The World

“We put up both the detainer app and the removal app to allow the public to really zone in on the impact of detainers,” says Sue Long, co-director of TRAC and a statistician at Syracuse University. “[The government] just drastically cut back the fields of information they’re releasing, so we can’t update them.” TRAC’s search tools allow anyone to look at the number of people detained or removed through a number of lenses, such as gender or type of criminal conviction, over a long period of time. The new declined detainer report does not include the same level of detail. It lists the location where the detainer was issued, the immigration status of the person in question, the date of issue, and selected criminal activity. And most importantly instead of reporting the outcomes of all detainers issued, the new report only identifies those that were declined. “The ability to really examine the picture more widely is being withheld,” says Long.

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