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November 19, 2018

Report: Harris County Ranks Third In "Secure Communities" Deportations
By Elizabeth Trovall

Harris County ranks third in deportations nationwide through a major immigration enforcement program called “Secure Communities“, according to new data from Syracuse University. Texas averaged 1,975 deportations per month during the first nine months of fiscal year 2018, more than any other state in the country. Total deportations in Harris County alone were over 1,800 in that same time frame. Numbers offer a glimpse at immigration enforcement at a state and county level, but not a complete picture, said Susan Long, director of Syracuse University’s TRAC research center, which tracks immigration law enforcement data. “It would be nice to do this for all ICE removals, but ICE contends it isn’t possible,” said Long. She said ICE claims to only track “Secure Communities” data at a county level, those are deportations that have relied on FBI fingerprint data and often involve local law enforcement. “What we do have are ‘Secure Communities’, which are a very substantial part of ICE removals,” said Long.

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