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Incarcerated aliens in federal prisons tops 42,000


This news story was published on August 4, 2017.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Data released this week shows that federal prisons are holding more that 42,000 aliens, but most could be on their way out of the United States.

President Trump’s Executive Order on Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. The data in this release shows a significant prison population of incarcerated aliens.

Below is a summary of data collected under Section 16 of the Order, which directs “the Secretary [of Homeland Security] and the Attorney General . . . to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports” regarding the following subjects: (a) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons; (b) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as federal pretrial detainees; and (c) the immigration status of all convicted aliens in state prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States.

Information Regarding Immigration Status of Aliens Incarcerated Under the Supervision of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has an operational process for maintaining data regarding foreign-born inmates in its custody. On a daily basis, BOP supplies this information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE, in turn, analyzes that information to determine the immigration status of each inmate and provides that information back to BOP.

As a part of satisfying the Justice Department’s second quarterly report of this information, below is information regarding aliens currently incarcerated under the supervision of BOP.[1] This information is current as of June 24:

Out of the 187,855 inmates in BOP custody, 42,034 are foreign-born. The breakdown of the 42,034 aliens is as follows:

  • 19,749 (46.9%) are aliens who have received final orders of removal;
  • 21,121 (50.2%) are aliens who are under ICE investigation for possible removal;
  • 1,157 (2.8%) are aliens whose cases are pending adjudication before an Immigration Judge in the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR); and
  • Seven (.0002%) are aliens who have been granted relief.

Information Regarding the Immigration Status of Aliens Incarcerated as Federal Pretrial Detainees

The U.S. Marshal Service (USMS), the Department of Justice’s component charged with the housing and care of federal pretrial detainees, recently instituted a program to capture data regarding the immigration status of these detainees.

Based upon records current as June 14, USMS identified 12,005 “self-reporting” foreign-born prisoners (aliens) out of 50,135 arrested and detained at USMS facilities. Further details follow for the 50,135 detained aliens:

  • 9,857 (82.1%) are aliens who have received final orders of removal;
  • 2,047 (17.1%) are aliens whose cases are still pending adjudication before an Immigration Judge in the EOIR; and
  • 101 (.8%) are aliens still pending adjudication (ICE has charged these aliens as removal cases, but a final disposition has not yet been reached.)

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2 Responses to Incarcerated aliens in federal prisons tops 42,000

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    Earl Turner Reply Report comment

    August 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Click on my user name to see unbelievable number of illegals getting arrested in one area of one state. While reading that keep in mind that crazy driving and drunk driving by illegals kills far more than Islamic terrorists. Nothing has changed here, illegals continue to invade and flaunt their presence. Employers continue to openly defy our laws and employ illegals. How do we know they are illegals? Because no one in local law enforcement checks their ID’s. Critics like me can be silenced by simply verifying ID’s and publicly stating so.

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    Earl Turner Reply Report comment

    August 5, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Illegals are constantly getting arrested for all sorts of crimes by local police. Which is rather amazing considering that many local police departments avoid illegals. I personally know of one that doesn’t respond to 911 calls involving illegals.