Immigrants Now Held in ICE Detention Drop
(15 Dec 2021) Immigrants now being held in detention are substantially down. This is despite the fact that the total number of people booked into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers increased to 32,771 for the month of November, driven almost entirely by arrests by Customs and Border Protections while arrests by ICE remain low. However, ICE is actually holding 21,952 immigrants in detention as of December 5, down from more than 27,000 reported in June due to shorter lengths of stay for immigrants booked into 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.

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

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 21,952 in ICE detention according to data current as of December 5, 2021.
  • 16,462 out of 21,952-or 75.0%-held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of December 5, 2021. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.
  • ICE relied on detention facilities in Texas to house the most people during FY 2022, according to data current as of November 30, 2021.
  • ICE arrested 4,282 and CBP arrested 28,489 of the 32,771 people booked into detention by ICE during November 2021.
  • South Texas ICE Processing Center in Pearsall, Texas held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2022, averaging 1,147 per day (as of November 2021).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 145,463 families and single individuals, according to data current as of December 4, 2021.
  • San Francisco's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of December 4, 2021.

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