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The Daily Orange
February 27, 2013

SU study reveals problems with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detentions
By Eashaa Parekh

A report released on Feb. 20, led by Syracuse University associate professor Susan Long, found that a significant number of people incarcerated between 2008-2012 through Immigration and Customs Enforcement were not criminals. In fact, some were even citizens. The analysis was published by SU’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Long, a managerial statistics professor, is the director of the TRAC Research Centre. An immigration detainer, often called an immigration hold, is a notice issued by U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents to local federal law enforcement agencies. It is the primary tool Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses to apprehend suspected non-citizens being held by these authorities, Long explained. “TRAC analyzed the detention holds from 2008 through 2012,” Long said. “Even though it is illegal for agents to detain U.S. citizens, that happened in more than 800 cases.”

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