With better record keeping, U.S. Immigration.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position:Inter Alia - Brief article

With better record keeping, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could more safely and lawfully operate its sprawling detention system, reports the nonpartisan think-tank Migration Policy Institute (MPI). Immigration Detention: Can ICE Meet its Legal Imperatives and Case Management Responsibilities?, analyzes data for all 32,000 detainees held in ICE custody on Jan. 25, 2009, and examines the sufficiency of ICE's database and tracking system.

The report found that of the 32,000 immigrants in custody, 18,690 had pending removal cases, meaning they had not received final orders of removal. The average length of detention for the 18,690 pre-removal order...

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