Number of Migrants on ICE's Alternatives to Detention Program Crosses 200,000 For the First Time
(31 Mar 2022) According to new data available in TRAC's Quick Facts detention data tool, immigration enforcement and detention numbers have remained consistent in recent weeks except for notable growth in the number of migrants monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention program. On March 27, 2022, ICE held 20,733 immigrants in detention centers across the country, up very slightly from 20,146 at the beginning of the month.

The number of immigrants monitored on ICE's 'Alternatives to Detention' (ATD) program increased to 200,332, consistent with growth in ATD that TRAC reported on recently. The largest single group of migrants on ATD technology were located in ICE's Harlingen area of responsibility in southern Texas. Although ICE does not provide historical data on ATD numbers, TRAC's Quick Facts tools makes it possible to get historical data compiled from each of ICE's data releases. See TRAC's detailed and searchable ATD table here.

Highlights from data updated today in TRAC's Quick Fact tool show that:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 20,733 in ICE detention according to data current as of March 27, 2022.
  • 15,033 out of 20,733—or 72.5%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of March 27, 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 March 14, 2022.
  • ICE arrested 3,723 and CBP arrested 21,912 of the 25,635 people booked into detention by ICE during February 2022.
  • Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2022, averaging 1,117 per day (as of March 2022).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 200,332 families and single individuals, according to data current as of March 26, 2022.
  • Harlingen's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of March 26, 2022.

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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