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July 9, 2021

Report: Number of illegal migrants held by ICE is back to the highest levels since March 2020
By Karen Townsend

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a non-partisan research organization at Syracuse University, released updated data on the number of detainees in ICE facilities. There has been a “significant bump” in just the past two weeks. The number of migrants being held by ICE is at the highest levels since March 2020. According to TRAC’s report, as of Thursday, 27,217 people were in custody at ICE detention centers. It will not surprise you to read that Texas has the largest number of ICE detentions. Other states follow in this order – Louisiana, Arizona, Georgia, and California, TRAC reports. Research shows that this is the largest number of detentions by ICE in over a year. The breakdown of the numbers that ICE arrested (3,428) and CBP arrested (23,103) of the 26,531 booked into detention during June 2021 shows that Biden’s border crisis rages on. There is no slowdown in sight, despite the brutally hot temperatures now. Also, 21,667 out of the 27,217 held in ICE detention have no criminal record. Many have minor offenses, like traffic violations. There is still a very large number of illegal migrants in ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs – 106,080. This number includes both families and individuals. San Francisco’s area office has the highest number in ATD monitoring programs.

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