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June 3, 2019

ICE is struggling to contain spread of mumps in its detention centers
By Heather Timmons & Justin Rohrlich

The detainee population has climbed from 39,000 at the end of 2015 to a record 52,000 in May. The growing numbers are the result of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy, which forces asylum-seekers into detention. The majority of migrants in ICE detention—about 60%—have not been convicted of any crime, according to the latest figures from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Clearinghouse. But they remain forcibly detained for weeks or months in a patchwork of privately-run facilities, local sheriff’s offices, and federal detention centers, sometimes after being flown across the United States from another federal facility.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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