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November 2, 2017

Immigration Detainers: A Guide for the Perplexed
By Harry Larson

Detainers have become more important to immigration enforcement as a result of DHS’s increasing focus on deporting individuals suspected of committing non-immigration crimes—a shift that began under the Obama administration and that has continued into the current one. (According to researchers with the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at the University of Syracuse, the Obama administration issued 85,720 detainers in Fiscal Year 2016. The Trump administration increased this pace in its first two full months, issuing 12,028 and 13,971 in February and March of 2017.) Their growing use has sparked growing resistance, as many jurisdictions argue that they cannot hold individuals for civil immigration violations simply because ICE asks them to.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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