ICE Detentions Decline in February While Numbers In Alternatives to Detention Programs Climb
(17 Feb 2022) New data available in TRAC's immigrant detention Quick Facts tool shows that the number of individuals held in ICE detention declined during the past four weeks – down by 938 and falling below 20,000 as of February 13, 2022.

In contrast, the number of people enrolled in ICE's 'alternatives to detention' (ATD) program continues to climb – up by over 18,000 to 182,607 as of February 12. The ICE Harlingen area office has replaced San Francisco with the largest number currently in ATD programs.

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 19,948 in ICE detention according to data current as of February 13, 2022.

  • 14,222 out of 19,948—or 71.3%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of February 13, 2022. 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 February 7, 2022.

  • ICE arrested 3,479 and CBP arrested 24,649 of the 28,128 people booked into detention by ICE during January 2022.

  • Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2022, averaging 1,147 per day (as of February 2022).

  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 182,607 families and single individuals, according to data current as of February 12, 2022.

  • Harlingen's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of February 12, 2022.

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