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Report that ICE ends Family Case Management Program, an alternative to detention (ATD) program

  1. Date Announced

    June 9, 2017

    ICE is reportedly ending a detention alternative (ATD) program for asylum seekers covering special populations, such as pregnant women, nursing mothers, and families with very young children, pointing to the program's expense and the small number of deportations associated with it compared to other ATD programs. [ID #263]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    June 20, 2017
Status: Reported
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Detention
Agencies Affected: ICE

Prior Policies

  • ICE commenced the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) on January 21, 2016, as an alternative to detention (ATD) initiative that uses qualified case managers to promote participant compliance with their immigration obligations. FCMP services include: • Orientation and education for participants about their legal rights and responsibilities; • Individualized family service plans; • Assistance with transportation logistics; • Tracking and monitoring of immigration obligations (to include ICE check-ins and attendance at immigration court hearings); and • Safe repatriation and reintegration planning for participants who are returning to their home countries.

    Fact Sheet: Stakeholder Referrals to the ICE/ERO Family Case Management Program

Commentary

ICE Scrapped Effective Immigration Program Because It Didn’t ‘Remove’ Enough People

One year after scrapping a program that had a near-perfect record of ensuring that asylum seekers would show up for mandatory check-ins with immigration officials and attend their court hearings, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is standing by its decision to shut it down.

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This analysis by the Women's Refugee Commission of FCMP is based on the final written evaluations of FCMP by both ICE and GEO Care (FCMP’s primary implementing contractor) that were conducted following the termination of the program, as well as an interview with a former ICE official who was involved in the program’s implementation.

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Immigration: Alternatives to Detention (ATD) Programs

An ICE review of FCMP in March 2017 showed that the rates of compliance for the program were consistent with other ICE monitoring options. The program was discontinued due to its higher costs as compared to ISAP III. Even with the higher costs, there is considerable congressional interest in the effectiveness of FCMP as a way to maintain supervision for families waiting to proceed through the backlogged immigration court system.

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