A report released this Friday by Syracuse University in New York reveals that twelve immigrant detention centers in the United States each house more than 1,000 foreigners, highlighting the growing pressure on the country’s immigration system.
Five of these centers, which have an average daily population of over 1,000 people, are located in Texas, two in Louisiana, and the states of Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania have at least one jail with this level of population.
The South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley (Texas) stands out as the one with the most immigrants, with a daily average of 1,868, including young children, according to the report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a group of researchers at Syracuse University.
The second center with the highest number of detained immigrants, with a daily average of 1,659, is located in Pearsall, Texas, followed by the Adams County Migrant Jail in Mississippi, which holds a daily average of 1,594 foreigners in custody.
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Also of note, the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia ranks fourth with an average of 1,514, while the Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana is fifth with 1,483 detainees daily.
The report highlights that three of these centers, the two in Texas and the one in Georgia, are managed by private contractors.
A recent investigation by TRAC revealed an increase in both the total number of detained immigrants and the days they remain in custody. As of December 3, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had a total of 36,755 detained immigrants, with 67.6% of them having no criminal records, and the majority detained in November.
In the fiscal year 2023, the U.S. government nearly doubled deportations, expelling 142,580 undocumented individuals compared to 72,177 in fiscal year 2022. This increase has raised concerns and criticism about the management of immigration policy in the country.
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