Why do immigrants go to detention centers? Immigrants are detained for unlawful entry to the United States, when their claims for asylum are received (and prior to release into the United States by parole), and in the process of deportation and removal from the country.
What are 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.
How many immigrant detention centers are there in the US? In Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the United States government detained nearly 250,000 people in a sprawling system approximately of 200 jails across the country run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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.