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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Only One in Nine ICE Detainers Target Individuals Posing a Serious Threat to Safety

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Syracuse University's TRAC immigration reports the following:

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 threat to public safety or national security.

Further, only slightly more than a third (38 percent) of the individuals against whom detainers were issued had any record of a criminal conviction, including minor traffic violations. If traffic violations (including DWI) and marijuana possession violations are excluded, then only one-quarter (26 percent) of the individuals against whom detainers were issued had any conviction. See Figure 1 and compare with a similar chart showing patterns before the guidelines went into effect.

TRAC also determined that not only are enforcement guidelines being ignored, they are actually trending in the wrong direction:
TRAC's analysis of the new data reveals that little has changed (see Table 1). Before the new policy was issued, slightly more than half of detainers were placed on individuals convicted of some crime, however minor. Now decidedly fewer are turning up with any conviction record.

Before the new policy was announced, 14 percent of all detainers had been placed against those convicted of committing offenses identified as ICE's highest Level 1 priority. After the new policy, that number had acually dropped to between 10 and 12 percent.

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