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May 22, 2020

Early Arrival: Rensselaer County Sheriff Renews ICE Cooperation Program
By Max Siegelbaum and Mazin Sidahmed

The number of immigration cases referred to federal prosecutors plunged during the first weeks of the Coronavirus pandemic, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University. During February and the first half of March, CBP and ICE referred an average of 4,500 cases per week, largely illegal reentry cases. Case referrals fell to 1,800 during the last week of March. CBP and ICE accounted for over half of all federal criminal referrals during the first half of 2020. CBP dropped from a high of about 600 cases per week in January to less than 100 at the end of March. ICE averaged about 100 during January and February and fell to slightly above 40 by March 31.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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