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Trump administration draws curtain of secrecy around immigration detentions

After President Donald Trump took office in January, ICE stepped up its requests to local law enforcement to detain suspected undocumented persons. But in April immigration officials stopped providing information on what happened to those detainees. Journalists, scholars and politicians could no longer find out why these immigrants were targeted and whether they continue to remain in detention or were deported. (WYNC News, September 8, 2017, by Beth Fertig)

With the lack of information from the Trump administration and to some extent before them the Obama administration, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has not been able to update its records on the number of people detained or deported. Under Trump the detainer report includes the location, the immigration status of the detainee, the date and often scant or vague information on criminal activity. And rather than indicate the outcome for a detainee, the report only identifies those local authorities refused to hold for ICE.  (Public Radio International, March 30, 2017, by Alex Newman)

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