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March 2, 2018

People Arrested in NorCal ICE Sweep Face Complex Immigration System
By Alex Emslie and Julie Small

The proportion of those detained during court proceedings tripled from 18 percent in January 2017 to over 63 percent in December, according to immigration court data collected by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. That's the highest rate since the beginning of the data set in late 2000. Immigration attorneys, as well as an immigration judge in San Francisco, have noticed the increase and attribute it to a Trump administration priority for limiting what the president and others call “catch and release,” for immigrants in deportation proceedings. Research from TRAC published in September 2016 found that about 23 percent of people released on bond at intake -- that is, by an ICE or Customs and Border Protection official -- failed to appear for a subsequent deportation hearing. A smaller proportion -- 14 percent -- failed to appear after a judge granted release later in the process.

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