Failure to Implement Public Reporting on Detainers Undermines ICE Pronouncements
(03 Nov 2017) Newly released Immigration and Customs Enforcement's case-by-case data through July 2017 show that the use of detainers has leveled out instead of increasing over the past four months. A web query tool accompanying this report allows the public to examine these latest data in some detail, including by state, county, and local law enforcement agency.

While the agency claims that detainers are an essential enforcement tool, it refuses to release information sought by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University about whether ICE took individuals with detainers into custody; what crimes, if any, the individual had been charged or convicted of; and whether the individuals were ever actually deported.

However, previous ICE data covering the Obama administration show that few removals over the years result from the agency's use of detainers. When compared against the total of interior and border ICE removals, these latest available data indicate that detainer-connected removals represented only 1.8 percent of ICE removals.

Since President Trump assumed office the continued failure of the agency to release reliable information about what happens after a detainer is prepared undermines ICE's assertions. In February 2017 then Secretary Kelly directed a series of actions to ensure greater public transparency on agency immigration enforcement actions. Now eight months later ICE has still not implemented the public reporting system called for in this directive.

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In addition, many of TRAC's free query tools - which track the Immigration Court's backlog, new DHS filings, court dispositions, the handling of juvenile cases and much more - have now been updated through September 2017. For an index to the full list of TRAC's immigration tools go to:

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