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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 18, 2024

Immigration detention surges in Georgia, up 50% from 2023
By Lautaro Grinspan

Among states, Georgia holds the fifth-largest number of people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, second only to Louisiana among the non-border state. The growth of Georgia’s detained immigrant population broadly reflects national trends. In May 2023, there were about 21,300 people in immigrant detention across the U.S. A year later, that number was roughly 36,500, a 70% rise. During that time span, the country saw some of the highest recorded tallies of illegal border crossings from Mexico. Last month’s number of immigrants newly booked into detention — just over 28,000 — marked the highest level since the 2024 fiscal year began in October.

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