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Over 225,000 Immigrants Monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Technology: TRAC
Posted on 30 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 28, 2022 "According to new data available in TRAC's Quick Facts detention data tool, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is now monitoring 227,508 immigrants using 'alternatives to detention' (ATD) technology. The most common... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

ICE Now Monitors About 118,000 Immigrants Through Its Alternatives to Detention Program: TRAC
Posted on 2 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Sept. 2, 2021 "Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is monitoring record numbers of immigrants through its "Alternatives to Detention" programs that rely on GPS monitors, smartphone technology, and telephonic reporting to monitor... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

Judge Hauls Officials Into Court After ICE Refuses to Comply With Court Order
Posted on 5 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Aug. 5, 2021 " In an unusual move, U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., rebuked Immigration and Customs Enforcement for “thumbing its nose” at the court in a... Read More

Tags: FOIA , TRAC , ICE

ICE Focus Shifts Away from Detaining Serious Criminals - TRAC
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, June 25, 2019 "Much in the news has been the increasing number of immigrants being held in custody. This report profiles those individuals Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained. Based on case-by-case records recently obtained... Read More

Tags: detention , TRAC , ICE

TRAC: Feds 'Flying Blind' on Asylum...And Blinding the Watchers
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Apr. 23, 2019 "... It appears that the government itself does not actually know what happens to those it arrests at the border. It admits it lacks the ability to reliably follow cases when they pass from one agency of DHS to another - such... Read More

ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times
Posted on 30 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The median time FOIA requests have been waiting unanswered in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s backlog has climbed 64 percent in just the last sixty days. During this period according to ICE records, receipts of new FOIA requests... Read More

Tags: wait times , backlog , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

ICE Rarely Uses Prosecutorial Discretion to Close Immigration Cases: TRAC
Posted on 25 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The use of prosecutorial discretion (PD) by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to close cases in the Immigration Courts continues to be relatively rare -- only 6.7 percent of cases were closed on this basis between October 2012 and March... Read More

ICE’s FOIA Requests Piling Up
Posted on 1 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"At Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) there has been a rapid rise in the backlog of FOIA requests received that have been waiting unanswered for long periods of time. According to its annual FOIA report, ICE had only 50 pending requests at... Read More

Tags: backlog , FOIA , TRAC , ICE

Poor ICE FOIA Management Hinders Public Access to Immigration Records
Posted on 18 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Poor management of FOIA requests at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is evidenced by older requests being forgotten while the agency focuses on the newer ones, according to the latest ICE records compiled and analyzed by the Transactional... Read More

Tags: FOIA , TRAC , ICE , management

Free Webinar June 5th: Who Is Being Taken Into ICE Custody? Tracing Detention Practices State-by-State
Posted on 30 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Registration for Free Webinar Who Is Being Taken Into ICE Custody? Tracing Detention Practices State-by-State Wednesday June 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM (Eastern US) - TRAC Read More

TRAC: ICE Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program
Posted on 21 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Jan. 21, 2016 - " The 7,117 detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during October 2015 suggests that their use appears to have stabilized in the four months since the launch of the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) in... Read More

Free Webinar Thursday, May 17th - ICE Targeting Trends by Nationality
Posted on 14 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at 2:00pm (Eastern US time) to present and discuss trends in new Immigration Court deportation proceedings for individual nationalities. Overall filings during FY 2012 continue to decline for... Read More

ICE Refuses To Release More Comprehensive Detainer Data - TRAC
Posted on 21 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

TRAC, Mar. 20, 2017 - "Today Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued its first weekly report on detainers that it said had been refused by non-federal law enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, the information ICE released... Read More

Tags: detainers , report , TRAC , ICE

ICE Takes A Year To Say It Can't Find Data: Withholds information on deportation orders sought in Immigration Court
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Syracuse, N.Y. — On April 20 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) appealed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning its response to TRAC's April 25, 2011 request under the Freedom of Information Act ... Read More

Tags: FOIA , TRAC , ICE

Surprising Variability in Immigration Detainer Trends by Gender, Nationality: TRAC
Posted on 24 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Very recent government data reveal that while the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials has dropped by nearly a quarter (23 percent) since fiscal year 2012, there are striking differences in the trends... Read More

Tags: trends , detainers , report , TRAC , ICE