Immigration and Customs Enforcement

What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

Since 2014, the number of federal prosecutions for immigration crimes has declined. So has the number of removals (deportations) from the United States. Contrary to some suggestions, however, this does not mean that the federal government is becoming lax in the enforcement of immigration laws. The reality is that the number of unauthorized immigrants entering […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

Understanding DHS’ 2015 Deportation Numbers

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 deportation numbers. According to DHS, immigration enforcement agencies apprehended 406,595 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 462,463 removals and returns. These totals include both people deported at the border and those removed from the interior of the United States. However, […]

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The Untold Story of ICE’s Criminal Alien Program

The Untold Story of ICE’s Criminal Alien Program

In a report released today, the American Immigration Council shines a light on the primary channel through which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States: the Criminal Alien Program (CAP). The report offers a unique, detailed examination of the population removed through CAP at the height of […]

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Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

Sanctuary Cities vs. Community Policing: A Resurging Debate

From Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to Raleigh, the debate over whether local law enforcement officers should be involved in enforcing federal immigration law is back at the fore.

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ICE Detention System Still Lacks Transparency and Accountability, Says Report

Written by on October 23, 2015 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 0 Comments
ICE Detention System Still Lacks Transparency and Accountability, Says Report

After 9/11, the immigration detention system in the United States began to expand dramatically, with very little in the way of transparency or accountability as to how the system operated or what happened to the people who were detained. Not surprisingly, stories began to surface of human rights abuses suffered by detainees at the hands […]

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Private Prison Company Expands Immigration Reach with $11 Million Contract

Written by on September 23, 2015 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 0 Comments
Private Prison Company Expands Immigration Reach with $11 Million Contract

Related Content: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently announced a pilot case management program as an alternative to holding mothers and children in detention. The annual $11 million contract was awarded to Geo Care LLC, a subsidiary of the Geo Group—the second largest private prison company in […]

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ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

ICE Issuing Fewer Detainers, but Compliance With Enforcement Priorities in Question

New data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) shows that while the government’s use of detainers is decreasing, the number of detainers issued for individuals without criminal convictions remains high. TRAC’s report, released last Friday, looks at Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) use of detainers in April 2015, the most recent month for […]

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ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Written by on August 28, 2015 in Detention, Immigration and Customs Enforcement with 1 Comment
ICE’s Transfer of Transgender Women to Remote Detention Facility Raises Grave Concerns

Earlier this summer, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced new policies regarding transgender adult detainees in its custody—policies that were intended to provide a “respectful, safe and secure environment for all detainees.” While some of the announced policies were well-received, many advocates identified serious shortcomings, including the continued allowance of solitary confinement and insufficient details […]

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ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

ICE’s Computerized Detention Decision-Maker Can’t Work Because of Mandatory Detention Laws

In January 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented the “Risk Classification Assessment” (RCA)—a computerized tool that analyzes evidence and recommends whether to detain or release immigrants facing deportation. Yet ICE still detained 80 percent of its arrestees in FY 2013, in a detention system that remains enormous, and expanded further in 2014 to […]

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