Number of Immigrants Monitored by ICE's 'Alternatives to Detention' Programs Reaches 150,000
(04 Jan 2022) According to the most current data, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held 20,623 immigrants in detention on December 19, 2021, down slightly from nearly 22,000 at the beginning of that month. Most of the detainees—about 75 percent—had no criminal record at the time other than an immigration charge, a trend that has consistently hovered between 73 and 80 percent since May 2021.

The number of immigrants enrolled in ICE's 'Alternatives to Detention' (ATD) program, which monitors immigrants through a variety of technologies outside of detention, exceeded 150,000 for the first time in December. The number of immigrants in ICE's ATD programs has already grown by about 25,000 since the start of FY 2022 in October.

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 20,623 in ICE detention according to data current as of December 19, 2021.
  • 15,392 out of 20,623—or 74.6%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of December 19, 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 December 13, 2021.
  • ICE arrested 4,267 and CBP arrested 28,482 of the 32,749 people booked into detention by ICE during November 2021.
  • Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2022, averaging 1,175 per day (as of December 2021).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 150,755 families and single individuals, according to data current as of December 18, 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 18, 2021.

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