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Immigration law officials planning to increase number of jails

The government is planning to boost the number of federal immigration jails throughout the country, which may impact immigrants in New York who lack the proper paperwork. This is being done so that the government can hold the thousands of extra immigrants being arrested by agents. It is all part of federal immigration law efforts aimed at curbing the influx of immigrants who do not have the necessary paperwork.

During the past few weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, agency officials has sent out requests to jail sites that are privately run in several cities throughout the United States. Apparently, government officials are planning to house an additional 4,000 detainees in these locations. Between January and September of this year, the agency already arrested more than 97,000 people whom they suspected were not legally in the country.

The number of immigrants arrested earlier this year is more than a 40 percent increase over this period last year. During this period, ICE officials arrested 28,000 immigrants who did not have documents but also did not have criminal records. This is a whopping 179 percent increase from this period last year.

Right now, ICE is keeping anywhere from 31,000 to 41,000 detainees every day in local jails, privately operated facilities and federal prisons. This may naturally make immigrants who do not have the right paperwork nervous about their futures in New York, even if they are interested in pursuing U.S. citizenship. An immigration law attorney in New York can help with making sure that immigrants' rights are protected while pursuing a legally recognized status in the United States.

Source: usatoday.com, "ICE plans major immigration jail expansion", Alan Gomez, Oct. 17, 2017

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