As reported by Hannah Rappleye and Lisa Riordan Seville of NBC News on June 9, 24 immigrants have died in ICE custody during the administration of Donald Trump. At least four others died shortly after being released from ICE custody. The number of in-custody deaths remains below the peak of 32 deaths in 2004, the first full calendar year records were kept. These figures do not include migrants who have died in the custody of other federal agencies.
The article goes on to report that the number of immigrants in ICE custody hit a record high, As of early June, more than 52,500 immigrants a day were being detained in more than 200 detention centers across the country — up from about 34,000 under the Obama administration.
NBC based this reporting on an analysis of federal data. The article points out that immigrants held by ICE are civil detainees, not criminal, and their detention is not intended to be punitive. A report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general in early June found “egregious violations” at two detention centers it inspected, including nooses in detainee cells, inadequate medical care, rotten food and other conditions that endangered detainee health.