Nationwide ICE Facilities: 2020

Map by Kristiana Baez, University of Iowa, 2020

Immigrant detention has surged since the mid-1990s. According to the Global Detention Project, The number of people detained increased from approximately 85,000 people in 1995 to 477,523 in 2012. Despite a brief decline, this number increased to 510,854 in 2019, as reported by ICE. According to the most recent data obtained by the National Immigrant Justice Center, there are 42,754 people detained in ICE custody on any given day. Using this information, this map documents the average daily magnitude and geographic dispersal of the world's largest immigrant detention system.