Regional
11:10 am
Thu September 10, 2009

Report: Gaps in Immigrant Detention

Texas – A new report from a nonpartisan think tank urges U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep better records about its detention system.

The report is being released Thursday by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.

It says there are gaps in information kept about the more than 33,000 people in the system that holds immigrants awaiting court hearings or deportation.

The gaps include whether a detainee is dangerous or might have a claim to U.S. citizenship.

ICE director John Morton has announced plans to re-evaluate the system.

The new report is based on the same data The Associated Press used earlier this year to determine some jailed immigrants held by ICE hadn't been convicted of a crime and many were held longer than the 31-day average reported by the agency.

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On the Net:

Migration Policy Institute: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/

Immigration and Customs Enforcement: http://www.ice.gov/

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.