ICE Lacks Transparency: Asserts No Records Exist to Substantiate Its ATD Custody Claims
(23 Dec 2022) According to ICE's posted numbers, persons being monitored by its Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program grew by 20,000 in just the last two weeks to a total of 377,980 individuals. However, TRAC is still urging caution in interpreting these latest numbers. As we announced earlier, ICE has informed TRAC that Alternatives to Detention (ATD) data the agency posted previously was inaccurate. TRAC has requested but not yet received underlying source documents from ICE. Thus, it has not yet been able to validate and correct the ICE ATD data being posted.

Yesterday, in a very troubling development, ICE wrote TRAC stating it could find "no records" of anyone entering ICE ATD custody since FY 2019! This was in response to a FOIA request for case-by-case records documenting published numbers on those entering ATD custody.

Highlights from other detention data ICE released this week show that:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 23,060 in ICE detention according to data current as of December 18, 2022. This is a drop of almost 6,000 from the 29,026 being held two weeks earlier.
  • 13,718 out of 23,060—or 59.5%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of December 18, 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 December 13, 2022.
  • ICE arrested 6,417 and CBP arrested 12,652 of the 19,069 people booked into detention by ICE during November 2022.
  • South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas continues to hold the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2023, averaging 1,630 per day (as of December 2022).
  • Harlingen's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of December 17, 2022.

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