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June 13, 2022

Supreme Court Rules Thousands of Immigrants Can Be Detained Indefinitely
By Madeleine Carlisle and Jasmine Aguilera

On average, only about 21% of people in immigrant detention are able to access legal representation, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a research organization at Syracuse University. TRAC data also finds that lawyers increase the chance that a person can win their immigration case. As of June 5, more than 24,500 people were held in immigration detention, according to TRAC. Nearly 5,800 of them were held in facilities operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), where, as of December 2019, the average length of stay is 55 days, according to the American Immigration Council, an immigrant advocacy and research organization. However, it is common for lengths of stay in ICE detention to last for several years as their case makes its way through an increasingly backlogged immigration court system.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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