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December 1, 2019

Immigration is a dicey issue for 2020 Democrats as they seek Latino vote
By Suzanne Gamboa

There are an estimated 10.5 million people in the country illegally and an estimated 13.7 million legal residents. Various studies have shown lower crime rates among immigrants than the citizen population. Of the 50,000 people held in detention nationally by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on April 30 this year, 64 percent had no criminal record or conviction, according to a report by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data research organization at Syracuse University. That up from 10,000 in 2015. TRAC’s data shows that the ICE’s detention growth in the last four years has been driven by a steady increase in detainees with no criminal history. In addition, many of the convictions are for “crimes” that are nonviolent, such as traffic citations and immigration violations and many who are labeled criminal served out sentences years and decades before their detention, TRAC stated in its report.

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