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The Desert Sun
May 3, 2017

ICE targets jails to find undocumented immigrants, even if they haven't been convicted of anything
By Gustavo Solis

When immigrants are arrested and booked, federal authorities have access to their names and addresses. Data shows ICE uses this information to target immigrants who are in jail but have not been convicted of crimes, along with immigrants who have been convicted of misdemeanors or non-violent crimes like traffic offenses, robberies or drug possession. Over the last decade, more than 1.5 million immigrants who spent time in jails or prisons ended up in ICE custody, according to records from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. During that time period, ICE has targeted more than 824,000 people who were in local jails but had no conviction on their record. Of those targeted, more than 320,000 ended up in ICE custody.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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