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September 6, 2017

Which States and Counties Are Receiving the Most ICE Detention Requests?
By Martín Echenique

As President Donald Trump announces he'll terminate the program to protect so-called DREAMers from deportation, new data gives another indication of how the federal government is tightening its immigration enforcement activity. The number of requests that local police and jails detain immigrants, known as “detainers”, has steadily increased since Donald Trump arrived at the White House, although totals have yet to approach 2011’s peaks under Barack Obama. In February and March of this year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued 31% more requests than in January when Trump first started his term, according to Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). That amounts to 25,999 detainers throughout the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. The Trump Administration has issued detainers to federal, state, and local enforcement agencies, but specifically to local county jails in California, Texas, Georgia, and Arizona. Many of the jurisdictions dubbed “sanctuary cities” are receiving the largest numbers of these requests. The data suggests these jurisdictions are also refusing the requests in greater number.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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