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Center for Immigration Studies
February 13, 2019

Notes on a Deal I Haven't Seen
By Anderew R. Aurthur

The Daily Beast reported in November 2018 that, in fact, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency responsible for detention, was actually detaining 44,000 aliens. Given the fact that the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reports that through November 2018, there were 809,041 aliens in removal proceedings before the immigration courts, and given the fact that under the INA, aliens who are making credible fear claims must be detained, only a fraction (no more than 5.4 percent) of the aliens who are going through the removal process are actually in detention.

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