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January 10, 2022

The Supreme Court Could Decide Whether Thousands of Immigrants Remain Detained Indefinitely
By Jasmine Aguilera and Madeleine Carlisle

The number of people in detention has ranged from 20,000 to more than 27,000 in the past few months, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research organization at Syracuse University. The length of time a person spends in detention varies widely depending on an individualís circumstances, but it is not uncommon for people to spend months or even years in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. Immigrants going through immigration proceedings are not entitled to a lawyer, and those without a lawyer may find it more difficult to request a bond hearing. Most of the people in detention are either asylum seekers or undocumented people who have lived in the U.S. for long periods of time before being caught by ICE, according to MPI.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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