Half of immigrants held in US 'priority' program have no criminal conviction

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Many of the so-called ‘holds’ in the Priority Enforcement Program intended to expedite deportation of ‘criminal aliens’ have past arrests but no convictions

A program intended to prioritize the deportation of immigrants who officials call “the worst of the worst” is missing its target, according to a new report.

An analysis of requests by federal officials for local jails to keep immigrants suspected of violating US immigration law in custody found half of the so-called “holds” were placed on people who had been arrested but actually had no criminal conviction.

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