Number of Immigrants in ICE Detention Declines Slightly This Week to 26,771
(23 Jul 2021) The number of people in immigrant detention has been growing during the Biden administration but declined slightly this week according to data updated today by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in its ‘Quick Facts’ tools. A total of 26,771 are currently being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention.

The Transactional Research Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) a research organization at Syracuse University created “Quick Facts” tools to provide a user-friendly way to see the most updated data available on immigrant detention and the immigration courts. The tools include easy-to-understand data in context and provide quotable descriptions.

Data updated this week on the immigration detention system provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show that:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 26,771 in ICE detention according to data released on July 22, 2021.
  • 21,254 out of 26,771—or 79.4%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data released on July 22, 2021. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.
  • ICE relied on detention facilities in Texas to house the most people during FY 2021, according to data released on June 24, 2021.
  • ICE arrested 3,432 and CBP arrested 23,100 of the 26,532 people booked into detention by ICE during June 2021.
  • South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall, Texas held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2021, averaging 769 per day (as of July 2021).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 107,795 families and single individuals, according to data released on July 22, 2021.
  • San Francisco’s area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, a total of 11,212, according to data released on July 22, 2021.

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