Latest ICE Data Show Significant Investment in Alternatives to Detention
(04 Mar 2022) According to new data available in an TRAC Quick Facts detention data tool, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) held 17,984 immigrants in detention on February 27, 2022, the lowest number since May 2021. Immigrant detention facilities in Texas, Louisiana, and Arizona held the largest numbers of immigrants.

At the same time, the number of immigrants monitored by ICE’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program increased again to nearly 190,000. TRAC recently published its first report on ATD data, which found a dramatic increase in the numbers of migrants being monitored using ICE’s latest ATD technology called SmartLINK which relies on facial recognition. Migrants continue to be monitored on GPS ankle shackles and telephonic reporting, but in fewer numbers.

Over ten times as many immigrants are currently monitored on ICE’s ATD program than are being held in detention centers.   Highlights from data updated today on the immigration detention system provided by show that: 

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 17,984 in ICE detention according to data current as of February 27, 2022.

  • 12,336 out of 17,984—or 68.6%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of February 27, 2022. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.

  • ICE arrested 3,474 and CBP arrested 22,124 of the 25,598 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 1,134 per day (as of February 2022).

  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 189,727 families and single individuals, according to data current as of February 26, 2022.

  • Harlingen's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of February 26, 2022.

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