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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a number of detention facilities around the country. As of March 2021, ICE had confirmed over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 among detainees within its detention facilities, and recorded 8 deaths.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the lead agency responsible for providing safe, secure, and humane confinement in immigration detention facilities.
ICE and other DHS agencies oversee compliance with facility standards and receive complaints from detainees.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained pregnant women more than 4,600 times from 2016-2018. Most detentions lasted 1 week or less.
ICE has policies and standards related to the care for pregnant women that vary by facility type, with some having more requirements than others.
This testimony addresses our earlier work on 2 immigration topics:
The U.S. immigration court system, which considers hundreds of thousands of removal cases a year. The case backlog doubled from 2006 through 2015, even as new cases declined.
What GAO Found U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) formulates its budget request for detention resources based on guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
What GAO Found While federal agencies generally maintain data on human trafficking cases that occur in Indian country, they do not maintain data on whether the victims are Native American (Native American status).