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The San Diego Union-Tribune
October 15, 2018

Who's in ICE custody at Otay Mesa Detention Center?
By Kate Morrissey


At least one person has spent more than five years in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at Otay Mesa Detention Center according to data obtained through a records request by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University. TRACís report gives a snapshot of who was held in immigration detention on June 30, 2018. At that time, six people had been at the San Diego facility for more than three years. The man with the longest time inside had been in ICE custody since May 2013, according to TRAC. The man, a citizen of Mexico, has a conviction for burglary. ICE is not authorized to hold people as punishment. It detains people waiting for immigration hearings if it believes they wonít show up to court or are dangerous. The majority of immigrants held at Otay Mesa Detention Center have no criminal convictions, according to the data. Of the 956 people in ICE custody at the detention facility at the end of June, 561 had no criminal conviction documented in their records. For those who did have criminal histories, based on TRACís analysis of the most severe criminal conviction for each detainee, DUI was the most common offense.


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