Monday, June 13, 2022

Are Immigrant Detention Numbers on Their Way Back Up?

New ICE detention data tracked by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University show that detention numbers may be on their way back up this month. TRAC's press release below is also available on their website here.

After hovering around 20,000 for several months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detained population reached 24,591 at the start of June. Most of the people in detention (76 percent or 18,796) were arrested by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). But immigrants arrested by ICE—a total of 5,795—were at the highest number since March 2021. These numbers could signify a slow return to pre-pandemic levels of immigration detention along with a parallel growth of immigrants monitored by ICE's Alternatives to Detention program.

At the same time that ICE's detained population is growing, the number of immigrants monitored on ICE's electronic monitoring technology has grown to a record high of 266,439. SmartLINK, which now makes up the vast majority of technology used to monitor immigrants, has added over 1,000 people per day over the past month, while the number of immigrants monitored on GPS ankle monitors has declined to less than 20,000, the lowest in several years.

Highlights from data updated in TRAC's Quick Fact tool show that:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 24,591 in ICE detention according to data current as of June 5, 2022.
  • 17,911 out of 24,591—or 72.8%—held in ICE detention have no criminal record, according to data current as of June 5, 2022. Many more have only minor offenses, including traffic violations.
  • ICE relied on detention facilities in Texas to house the most people during FY 2022, according to data current as of May 31, 2022.
  • ICE arrested 5,159 and CBP arrested 20,971 of the 26,130 people booked into detention by ICE during May 2022.
  • Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia held the largest number of ICE detainees so far in FY 2022, averaging 1,086 per day (as of May 2022).
  • ICE Alternatives to Detention (ATD) programs are currently monitoring 266,439 families and single individuals, according to data current as of June 3, 2022.
  • Harlingen's area office has the highest number of people in ICE's Alternatives to Detention (ATD) monitoring programs, a total of 38,282 people, according to data current as of June 3, 2022.

For more information, see TRAC's Quick Facts tools here or click here to learn more about TRAC's entire suite of immigration tools.

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