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Detroit Metro Times
July 16, 2019

Michigan has second highest rate of ICE arrests in nation
By Maryam Jayyousi


Michigan has the second highest rate of arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the nation, according to a report recently released by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The data from the report, which was analyzed by The Detroit Free Press, shows that from Fiscal Year 2017 to May 2018, ICE arrested 1,498 immigrants in Michigan. With an estimated 129,000 undocumented immigrants living in the state, the rate of 11.6 arrests per 1,000 undocumented immigrants is about twice as high as the national average. The report only took "community arrests" into account, meaning when "ICE arrests individuals it believes are deportable after it finds or encounters them out in the community. These arrests are separate from what are called "custodial arrests," defined as immigrants who were previously arrested or detained by other law enforcement. This means that total arrests by ICE officers in Michigan is even higher. According to the report, Pennsylvania had the highest rate of arrests of immigrants at 25.6 per 1,000 undocumented immigrants, followed by Michigan at 11.6 and Ohio at 11.4.


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