Putting TRAC to Work
  Legal and Scholarly
Virginia Commonwelath University
May 10, 2023

Interiorization and Localization: An Analysis of Immigration Enforcement in Local Contexts
By Manuel N. Leiva

This thesis seeks to shed light on possible reasons why a municipality, county, or locality would choose to cooperate with ICE by assessing which areas in the country have high rates of cooperation. This was done through obtaining large datasets from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), based in Syracuse University. This data contains nation-wide ICE arrest and detainer request records between 2002 and 2015. TRAC data provided information on hundreds of thousands of ICE arrest cases that involved an ICE Detainer. An ICE Detainer is an administrative hold that ICE can send to local jails, requesting the jail to keep an individual detained for an additional 48 hours if they are suspected of being undocumented so that ICE can intercept said individual. TRAC data was processed in SPSS, where descriptive statistics were run to show which localities chose to honor ICE detainer requests and at what rates they did.

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