Immigrant detainees in Georgia more likely to be deported than detainees elsewhere

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained over 243,000 immigrants in Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015).1 The detained immigrants are housed in a patchwork of public and private facilities around the country under contract with ICE.

There are three immigrant detention facilities in Georgia. The two largest facilities are Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin and Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.2 Over 11,000 detainees were booked into these two detention centers during FY 2015. Nearly 8,500 people were booked out – or released – from the facilities for various reasons, including deportation or termination of proceedings when the detainee won relief. Continue…