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Detention and Policy Reforms

Detention Reform

Last year, ICE detained more than 300,000 aliens. Recognizing that the purpose of immigration detention is not punitive and the importance of providing our detainees with quality care, ICE is engaged in a broad detention reform effort. This includes creating a civil detention system that reduces transfers, maximizes access to counsel, visitation, and recreation, improves conditions of confinement, and ensures quality medical, mental health, and dental care. ICE already has taken concrete steps to improve the immigration detention system and is engaged in a serious and sustained effort that will result in additional reforms and actions in the near future.

Review the Accomplishments

Policy Reform

ICE has a broad mandate that includes protecting and securing the borders through immigration enforcement at the border, ports of entry, and inside the United States. Finite resources require ICE to prioritize our enforcement efforts to best protect the security of our communities and the integrity of the immigration system. This includes focusing on criminal aliens, fugitives, and recent border violators. To ensure our practice aligns with these broad priorities, ICE has recently issued a number of policies including one intended to reduce the risk that we place United States citizens in proceedings or detention, a policy to refocus fugitive operations, and a new memorandum of agreement in an effort to ensure the 287(g) program aligns with ICE priorities. These and other key reforms promote the smart and effective enforcement of immigration laws. Additional policy reforms are coming soon.

Summary of Policy Reforms

Request for Public Comment on Immigration Detainer Policy

ICE has drafted an immigration detainer policy to engage all interested stakeholders and solicit a broad range of views and comments. This is not a final policy and is disseminated solely to collect feedback. ICE is interested in a concrete assessment of how this draft policy, if issued and implemented, would affect the agency's law enforcement partners, the operation of the criminal justice system, communities and individuals. Please respond with your comments to by Thursday, September 30, 2010.

ICE Draft Immigration Detainer Policy