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September 15, 2021

Lost amid other news: Number of migrants being held in U.S. detention centers has decreased
By Jeff Brumley

The number of migrants being held in U.S. civil immigration detention centers has stabilized after many weeks of growth and remains well below pre-pandemic and Trump administration levels, according to researchers at Syracuse University. “The most recent numbers show that about 25,000 people are in detention. The numbers are still not nearly as high as they were during the Trump administration, and prior to the pandemic when there were more than 55,000 people in detention on a single day,” the university said in a Sept. 7 news release about the data gathered by its Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. The statistics were released amid a flurry of other developments on the southern border and in ongoing immigration policy debates in Washington, D.C. — events that observers noted have been obscured by all the attention given the tragedies surrounding the Aug. 31 withdrawal from Afghanistan and the emergency resettlement of an estimated 60,000 Afghan allies in the U.S., and many more in other nations. Apprehensions of migrants are leveling off under the Biden administration after a summer spike.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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