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November 3, 2018

Essex County Among Top Areas for Immigration Arrests
By Staff Report

Ten counties across the nation accounted for more than a quarter of immigration arrests in an eight-month period ending in May, according to a report compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearing House, or TRAC, a nonpartisan research center at Syracuse University. More than a quarter (28%) of recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) so-called “ICE community arrests” of immigrants living and working in communities across America took place in just ten counties in the United States, along with their immediate surrounding locales. ICE community arrests are defined as arrests made directly by immigration authorities rather than local or state law enforcement. During the eight-month period from October 2017 through May 2018, fully half of all such arrests by ICE occurred in just 24 counties out of the nearly 3,200 counties across the country. Federal immigration agents in Essex County, New Jersey, made 676 arrests, during that time span without assistance from local police.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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