New TRAC report: Detention of Criminal Aliens: What Has Congress Bought?
A new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse — based on the analysis of hundreds of thousands of records obtained from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and an examination of its budget — explores the changes in ICE’s enforcement record since the beginning of FY 2005, when Congress drastically increased the agency’s funding for the apprehension and detention of criminal aliens. Read the report here.
The record shows that while overall funding for ICE grew by 67 percent, appropriated dollars provided for the agency’s office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) more than doubled, increasing by 104 percent. The data further show that from FY 2005 to FY 2009 the overall number of detainees surged — growing by 64 percent — but the number of individuals categorized as criminal detainees barely budged.
Very timely data from ICE, covering the first three months of FY 2010, suggest that the detention policies under the Obama Administration may be changing, with the number of criminal detainees making up a growing proportion of these individuals.
This report is the second in a series on ICE enforcement. A previous report examined how detainees held by ICE were being transferred around the country. Click here for the individual reports on each detention facility which accompany this series.
Also listen to TRAC co-director David Burnham on NPR today: Click arrow to listen http://public.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2010/02/20100211_atc_03.mp3?_kip_ipx=151464873-1265943054