Number of Immigrants in ICE Detention Now Over 27,000, Highest In Over a Year

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released new data which shows that the number of people in immigrant detention is above 27,000 on July 8, 2021. This is the highest since March 2020.

The growth in people in detention is being driven not by ICE’s interior enforcement activity (which remains at record lows), but by border enforcement which is done by Customs and Border Protection. You can see this in the figure below.