ICE Apprehensions Half Levels of Five Years Ago
(12 Jun 2018) While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) administrative arrests are up as compared to the last two years of the Obama Administration, these "interior" apprehensions are only half the levels of five years ago when Secure Communities held sway under President Obama. Available arrest-by-arrest records indicate that ICE apprehensions under President Trump - after an initial jump - also appear to have stabilized and are no longer increasing.

These trends on ICE apprehensions are similar to trends for other ICE immigration enforcement actions including its use of detainers, deportations under Secure Communities, as well as overall ICE deportations. Each remain well below the levels that prevailed during most of the Obama years.

In more than seven out of every ten ICE apprehensions, ICE assumed custody of individuals held by another law enforcement agency. Detailed arrest-by-arrest data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University reveal that the number of these ICE "custodial arrests" are little changed from levels at the end of the Secure Communities era under President Obama. Despite this administration's concerted efforts to push for greater assistance by state and local law enforcement agencies, as yet these efforts appear to have had little impact on the numbers taken into ICE custody. In contrast, ICE arrests out in the community have risen.

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