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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

IMMIGRATION DETENTIONS SKYROCKET

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More evidence that enforcement efforts are in high gear:

The number of individuals held in custody by Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) in the just-ended FY 2009 is now estimated to have
reached 369,483 detainees, more than twice what the total was in FY
1999. According to a recent agency report, this growth means that ICE
is now operating the largest detention system in the country.

The information comes from The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The report also outlines a large increase in the number of detainees transferred far from where they live.

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  1. Nathan Bogart's Avatar
    I wonder how many of those detainees were arrested after being pulled over for burnt-out tailights or expired tags.
  2. Carl McGinnis's Avatar
    Everyone must be warned before coming to the United States. Even if you have a visa, you are putting yourself at risk of Homeland Security ICE officers. I have a friend that is from Paris France here on an education visa to finish his degree. He has been here since 2005. His visa is valid until March of 2010, His passport is valid until 2014, and his I-20 is current. He is not illegal. In 2008 He fell in love and married a U.S. citizen that just happens to be addicted to Prescription medications, He knew nothing about this. But he was arrested due to her mistakes. He was placed in detention, scheduled for deportation. He has been in detention center in Pompano Beach Florida for 5 months now. All this because of her mistakes. She should be the one in jail not him. Please everyone coming to America. Think twice. This couple has lost all there savings on lawyers, she lost her job, and they are in the process of losing there home. All this was caused because ICE has the wrong person in jail. They make up any story they want and when they are questioned about it you get nowhere. I have written many letters to Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, and even President Obama. But no one will listen to the truth. So please people think twice about coming to America for any reason. Our immigration system is broken ....they all agree, but you put your life at risk when you enter our borders. Even if you follow the rules you may also lose everything as this couple has. No one will listen, no one cares. Not everyone ICE has locked up is illeagle. And it is costing American tax dollars by the 100 of thousands for an out of controll ICE department.John Morton is totaly out of controll.I go to the detention center and visit, You should see how these ICE officers act. They think they are God, they have an ego that is just wrong. Shame on america. I can understand people that are criminals, and illeagle, but to lock up people who have done nothing wrong.I am embarrased for Ameirca.
  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Yeah, 'cause America does not put enough people in detention already...
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