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December 7, 2017

‘Immigrant Detention Center’ Is Just a Nice Way to Say ‘Prison’
By Jorge Rivas

The average length of detainment in immigration detention is 31 days, according to November and December 2012 ICE records analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. But immigrants legally in the U.S. who end up in immigration detention and challenge their deportation orders often spend a lot more time there. Thousands of people are detained in ICE facilities for more than six months. TRAC’s report found some extreme cases where immigration detainees were locked up between six and eight years.

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