ICE Currently Holds 23,156 Immigrants in Detention, Alternatives to Detention Growth Slows
(11 Jul 2022) According to the latest data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency held 23,156 immigrants in detention on July 5, 2022. Of these, 17,116 were arrested by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) while 6,040 were arrested by ICE agents. Detention numbers have increased slightly from about 20,000 in early 2022 to now hovering around 24,000, but have not otherwise seen significant growth that would lead to the large numbers of immigrants that were detained prior to the pandemic when the detained population topped out at more than 60,000.

ICE's Alternatives to Detention program continues to see record-high numbers, now with 284,813 immigrants monitored by the agency. SmartLINK, which now makes up the vast majority of technology used to monitor immigrants, is used to monitor 234,794 people in total. Telephonic reporting is used in 33,575 cases, and GPS ankle monitors—the technology most associated with ATD in the past—is now used in just 16,444 cases. Notably, the rate at which ICE has added people to SmartLINK has decreased from an average of more than 850 per day in the first three weeks of June to an average of just 253 per day between June 20 and July 4.

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

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 23,156 in ICE detention according to data current as of July 5, 2022.
  • 16,320 out of 23,156—or 70.5%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of July 5, 2022. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.
  • ICE arrested 5,026 and CBP arrested 16,441 of the 21,467 people booked into detention by ICE during June 2022.
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 284,813 families and single individuals, according to data current as of July 4, 2022.
  • San Antonio's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of July 4, 2022.

Due to inconsistencies in ICE's detention data, TRAC was unable to update the data on individual detention facilities.

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