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Over 225,000 Immigrants Monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention Technology: TRAC

April 30, 2022 (1 min read)

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 ATD technology used by ICE is SmartLINK, a smartphone app, with more than 172,000 people (or more than 75 percent of all people on ICE's ATD caseload) monitored by this technology.

At the end of April 2022, ICE held 19,502 immigrants in detention centers across the country. ICE's reported detention numbers have hovered around 20,000 since the beginning of the calendar year. These data come at a time when the Biden administration has also reportedly requested a reduction in the total number of detention beds funded by Congress from 34,000 to 25,000.

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

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 19,502 in ICE detention according to data current as of April 24, 2022.
  • 13,445 out of 19,502—or 68.9%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of April 24, 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 April 18, 2022.
  • ICE arrested 5,225 and CBP arrested 25,817 of the 31,042 people booked into detention by ICE during March 2022.
  • Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2022, averaging 1,095 per day (as of April 2022).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 227,508 families and single individuals, according to data current as of April 23, 2022.
  • Harlingen's area office has highest number in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, according to data current as of April 23, 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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