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TRAC: ICE Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program

January 21, 2016 (1 min read)

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 June 2015. Thus PEP, which replaced the Secure Communities program and was supposed to restrict detainer use to special circumstances, appears to have had only a modest impact on ICE's use of detainers -- also called "immigration holds" -- to ask local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to hold non-citizens suspected of crimes so that ICE can have the opportunity to take them into its own custody.

About half of detainers were issued to county jails, with about 8 percent being sent to local (city) jails, and 15 percent each to federal and state facilities.

Four states have seen significant increases in the number of detainers issued to local and county jails over the previous year: Washington state, Kansas, North Dakota and Montana. A total of 37 states have seen declines for detainers issued to local and county facilities, although some decreases were modest.

For full details, including an updated timeline of detainer use as well as the most recent state and facility counts, see the report at:

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