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Center for Immigration Studies
September 26, 2018

New TRAC Report Shows Where ICE Arrests Occur
By Andrew R. Arthur

A new report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) details more than two million arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) between October 2008 and June 2018. That report provides valuable insights into how ICE identifies the aliens it places into removal proceedings. There is one significant caveat to that report: It does not include aliens who were turned over to ICE by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), such as border arrests and expedited removal cases, but for that reason it provides a more realistic view into ICE's interior immigration-enforcement mission. As TRAC notes: "Historically, the vast majority of ICE arrests occur when the agency assumes custody of immigrants from another law enforcement agency." This has continued into the Trump administration, under which, the report notes, approximately three out of four arrests have been such so-called "custodial" arrests. According to the report, 22 percent of aliens arrested by ICE in the first nine months of FY 2018 were apprehended in state and federal prisons, while an additional 41 percent were apprehended at local jails.

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