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ICE Targets Fewer Criminals in Deportation Proceedings

"In deportation proceedings initiated during July - September 2011 by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the nation's 50 plus Immigration Courts, only 7,378 individuals — just 13.8 percent of the total — were charged with having engaged in criminal activities...

How many criminals is ICE really deporting?

The Obama administration says it is deporting a record number of criminals. The truth, however, is more complicated — and the administration’s rhetoric may be influenced by the political tightrope it’s walking as it tries simultaneously to please Latinos and independent voters....

ICE Continues to Stonewall on Immigration Enforcement Data

TRAC, Jan. 10, 2012 : "On January 4 the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) appealed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning its response to TRAC's previous request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for case-by-case information covering all individuals...

ICE Takes A Year To Say It Can't Find Data: Withholds information on deportation orders sought in Immigration Court

"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 (FOIA) for anonymous alien-by-alien data covering...

Free Webinar Thursday, May 17th - ICE Targeting Trends by Nationality

"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 most nationalities, and Immigration and Customs...

TRAC Challenges ICE Claim That Data Are Off-Limits to the Public

Agency Withholding Violates the FOIA Syracuse, NY, October 23 — "The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) challenging a ruling by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that its master repository of investigations...

U.S. Citizens Included As Targets of ICE Detainers

TRAC, Feb. 20, 2013 - "During a recent 50-month period covering FY 2008 through the start of FY 2012, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents issued nearly one million detainers. An immigration "detainer," often called an "immigration hold," is a notice issued by...

American Citizens: Bycatch in ICE Detainer Dragnets?

"Local law enforcement officials detained more than 800 U.S. citizens at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over a four-year period, according to an analysis of ICE statistics released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse on Wednesday. These Americans were inadvertently...

ICE’s FOIA Requests Piling Up

"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 the end of FY 2011. However, this number had jumped...

Where Individuals Enter ICE Custody: State-by-State Details

"On a typical work day Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took 1,509 individuals into custody, according to the latest available ICE data from November and December 2012. During weekends, the volume of detentions decreased to an average of 471 people a day placed in ICE custody. This means...

Free Webinar June 5th: Who Is Being Taken Into ICE Custody? Tracing Detention Practices State-by-State

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

ICE’s FOIA Office Backlog Shows Ballooning Wait Times

"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 and monthly closure numbers have not noticeably...

Poor ICE FOIA Management Hinders Public Access to Immigration Records

"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 Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse...

New ICE Detainer Guidelines Have Little Impact

"Despite Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) setting new, stricter detainer guidelines last December, very recent government data reveal that six months later fewer than one in nine (10.8 percent) of the ICE detainers met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious...

Surprising Variability in Immigration Detainer Trends by Gender, Nationality: TRAC

"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 when viewed by the gender and nationality of the...

Limit Use of ICE Detainers: Barbara Hines

"Compliance with the ICE detainer system is a destructive policy for our community for many reasons. While ICE touts Secure Communities as a tool to target immigrants with serious criminal histories for deportation, the evidence starkly contradicts this claim. These detainers do not differentiate...

Targeting of ICE Detainers Varies Widely by State and by Facility: TRAC

" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed detainers on approximately half a million individuals during fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to the latest government records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information...

Secure Communities and ICE Deportation: A Failed Program?

"Secure Communities, a massive government surveillance program launched in 2008 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has failed to increase the removal of its primary announced targets: noncitizens who have committed crimes other than minor violations. According to a new examination of...

ICE Deportations: Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship (TRAC)

TRAC, Apr. 9, 2014 : "Case-by-case records on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during FY 2012 and FY 2013 provide a more complete portrait of the demographic composition of recent deportees. These results are based upon analyses of ICE records recently obtained by the Transactional...

ICE Rarely Uses Prosecutorial Discretion to Close Immigration Cases: TRAC

"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 2014. Overall PD usage has hovered in the six to eight...

ICE Detainers Decline 39 Percent Since FY 2012 - TRAC

"There has been a dramatic drop in the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the latest available data from the agency. In the eighteen month period from the end of FY 2012 through March 2014, there has been a 39 percent decrease in the number of ICE...

ICE Could Knock on Doors of 18,000 Central American Women, Kids

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress, Jan. 15, 2016 - "Beyond the wave of immigration raids targeting 121 individuals for potential deportation proceedings earlier this month by the Obama administration, there may be thousands more Central American women and children who remain at risk for being rounded...

TRAC: ICE Detainer Use Stabilizes Under Priority Enforcement Program

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...