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February 17, 2017

Beyond Rhetoric: “Sanctuary” in Practice
By César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Under President Obama, most people placed into the immigration detention and deportation pipeline were arrested by local law enforcement agencies who collaborated with ICE to identify targets. About 950 of the 1,250 people taken into ICE custody in a typical week between 2008 and 2016 were arrested by local police and sheriffs’ departments or through automated information-sharing initiatives that track people who have encountered the criminal justice system, according to an analysis of apprehension data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. ICE agents themselves generally apprehended about 300 people per week during this same eight-year period. Last week’s number of 680 detentions thus represents a substantial uptick in ICE’s usual weekly rate. What’s more, the most recent raids have paired ICE home visits with a willingness to arrest any and all potentially removable people who happened to be present at the time of ICE arrests. There is no reason to expect that ICE’s actions of the last week will be an anomaly under the new Trump administration.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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