ICE Detains More Individuals
(21 Nov 2022) The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, which currently houses single adults (mostly females) has more than doubled the number of individuals it is holding since September. ICE reports this facility run by CoreCivic now has the largest average daily population of detainees (1,562) in the country.

Across its network of detention facilities, the number of people being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has climbed to just under 30,000. This is the highest recorded since April of 2020. Both those arrested originally by ICE as well as those picked up by Customs and Border Protection at our southwest border have increased in recent months.

Individuals monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Program have also continued climbing and have reached 336,338, with 38,000 additional persons added to the program since last August.

Unfortunately, ICE's sloppiness in its releases that TRAC has previously reported continued into the new 2023 fiscal year as the documentation it included describing its figures was almost two years out of date.

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

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 29,984 in ICE detention according to data current as of October 31, 2022.
  • 20,776 out of 29,984—or 69.3%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of October 31, 2022. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.
  • ICE relied on detention facilities in Texas to house the most people during FY 2023, according to data current as of October 31, 2022.
  • ICE arrested 6,488 and CBP arrested 15,933 of the 22,421 people booked into detention by ICE during October 2022.
  • Harlingen's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of November 5, 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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