TRAC Updates Immigrant Detention Quick Facts Tools
(05 Oct 2021) According to new data available in an TRAC new easy-to-read ‘Quick Facts’ tools, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is holding 22,129 immigrants in detention, down from more than 27,000 reported at the beginning of July The total number of people booked into ICE detention centers in September fell for those arrested at the border but increased for ICE interior arrests.

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.

Highlights from data updated today on the immigration detention system provided by show that: 

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 22,129 in ICE detention according to data released on October 1, 2021.
  • 16,740 out of 22,129—or 75.6%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data released on October 1, 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 October 1, 2021.
  • ICE arrested 4,281 and CBP arrested 24,063 of the 28,344 people booked into detention by ICE during September 2021.
  • South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall, Texas held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2021, averaging 747 per day (as of October 1, 2021).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 124,999 families and single individuals, according to data released on September 16, 2021.
  • San Antonio's area office has the highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data released on September 16, 2021.

For more information, see TRAC's Quick Facts tools here or click here to learn more about TRAC's entire suite of immigration tools.

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