Deaths in immigration and customs enforcement
ICE Identifies Additional Detention.
During an in-depth review of records related to individuals who have died in ICE custody
ICE has identified 10 individuals who were not previously included on the agency’s list of detainee deaths. These 10 deaths occurred between FY 2004 and FY 2007. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) manages the nation’s civil immigration detention system, and oversees one of the most highly transient and diverse populations of any detention system in the world. Detention is non-punitive.
ICE states that the purpose of immigration detention is twofold: 1) to protect the wider community from those noncitizens who may pose a safety risk; and 2) to ensure that the individual will comply with any immigration proceedings (including removal).
Immigration detention can occur at different times. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), today issued Post Pandemic Emergency Guidelines and Protocols that will increase the number of accessible beds by several thousand.
These guidelines reflect the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency and latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Under the new Post Pandemic Emergency Guidelines and Protocols, ICE is eliminating the requirements that it perform COVID-19 tests on all detainees at intake, transfer, or release, and that it quarantine all detained noncitizens upon intake.