Fact Sheet: Seeking Release from Immigration Detention

Date of Publication: 
September, 2019
Source Organization: 
American Immigration Council

Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through two component agencies, arrests and detains hundreds of thousands of individuals in the civil immigration detention system. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehends and detains people for shorter periods of time at or close to the U.S. border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests and detains people in the interior of the United States. Individuals encountered by CBP or ICE may be placed in one of nearly 200 detention facilities across the country that hold noncitizens for weeks, months, or years while they await an immigration court hearing or deportation.

This fact sheet gives a brief overview of the process individuals must undergo to seek release from immigration detention.

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