Decisions on ICE Detainees Vary Widely by State
(22 May 2013) Of the 1,500 individuals taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a typical work day, the latest ICE data record that about 1,000 were eventually "removed" -- deported and barred from returning to the U.S. for years. About 360 individuals were released after posting bond, on their own recognizance, or for other reasons. Of these only 20 were placed under ICE's electronic monitoring program.

The ultimate outcome -- removal or release -- varied in surprising ways from one state to the next. For those initially picked up in Arizona, 84 percent were removed, whereas the removal rate in neighboring California was only 50 percent, lower than New York's 59 percent. In Texas the removal rate was 70 percent, which more nearly matched what happened to those initially detained in Massachusetts (69%) than in the adjacent state of New Mexico (88%). Those picked up in Virginia, Illinois or Florida experienced particularly low removal rates -- only 37, 43 and 45 percent, respectively.

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