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  Legal and Scholarly
December 12, 2017

Choosing Between Federal Prosecution and Deportation
By Harry Larson

The legal and political debate over immigration detainers usually concerns the demands that the federal government makes of local law enforcement. But federal regulations also empower authorized immigration officers to issue I-247 detainer forms to federal agencies with undocumented immigrants in custody to facilitate a transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Data compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse suggests that in the first half of 2017, immigration officers issued around 14,000 I-247 detainers.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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