Friday, January 24, 2014

Surprising Variability in Detainer Trends by Gender, Nationality Differenc

TRAC Immigration reports that the latest available case-by-case data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) show that the overall monthly number of detainers issued by the agency has dropped by almost a quarter (23%). However, for some nationalities, there was actually an increase in the number of ICE detainers issued. These records, spanning the period October 2011 to August 2013, also document striking differences in trends by gender and by ICE administrative office.

The data were obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Some of the differences observed include:

--  While the overall use of detainers has fallen, the drop for females was much more pronounced than for males.

--  Among the sharpest declines in the use of this enforcement mechanism was that against individuals identified as born in Mexico (down 25%). And not all countries saw decreases: detainers were increasingly issued, for example, against individuals from Laos (up 12%) and Haiti (up 9%).

--  Trends diverged markedly by ICE administrative offices. Since January 2013, for example, ICE agents working from the Buffalo area office issued 78 percent more detainers on average each month than they did during FY 2012. On the other hand, agents working from the Miami area office issued 33 percent fewer.


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