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United States Immigration Detention

The United States operates the world’s largest immigration detention system. On any given day, the country has some 30,000 people in administrative immigration detention at an estimated cost of nearly $150 a day. In 2016, the combined budget of enforcement agencies was $19 billion. The country’s sprawling detention estate counts on some 200 facilities, including privately operated detention facilities, local jails, juvenile detention centres, field offices, and euphemistically named “family residential centres.” The country has also supported the detention of migrants and asylum seekers in neighbouring countries.

United States Quick Facts

  • Immigration detainees:
    440,557
    Immigration detention capacity:
    33,400
    Persons expelled :
    616,792
    International migrants:
    45,785,100
    New asylum applications :
    66,101