How many illegal immigrants are in detention centers?
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How long does an immigrant stay in a detention center? As of December 9, 2019, individuals were held in ICE custody for an average of 55 days. 32 Time spent in detention is longer for those held for the duration of their immigration court proceedings. In FY 2019, the average detained immigration case took 46 days.
What is the purpose of immigration detention centers? Immigration detention is the government’s practice of incarcerating people as they go through deportation proceedings to determine whether they will be deported or allowed to remain in the United States. The United States has the largest immigrant detention infrastructure in the world.
Where are the detained immigrants being held? Many of the immigrants detained in ICE’s nominally civil system are held in county and local jails that contract with ICE to detain immigrants.