Counties Where ICE Arrests Concentrate
(24 Oct 2018) More than a quarter (28%) of recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 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. 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.

Three out of ten of these top 10 counties were located in California, while the remaining seven were widely dispersed in other states. The county with the most arrests was San Bernardino County, California. In second place was DeKalb County, Georgia, where Atlanta is located. New York County, New York, and surrounding locales was in third place. Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located was in fourth place, followed by San Diego County, California, in fifth place.

In addition to ICE community arrests during the first eight months of FY 2018, law enforcement agencies in 1,467 counties transferred custody of immigrants to ICE. As might be expected, counties that have large prison or jail facilities topped the custody-transfer list. However, for most facilities the act of turning a detainee over to ICE was a relatively rare event. For example, just a single person was transferred to ICE custody by law enforcement agencies in 318 counties during this eight-month period, while the median number of immigrants transferred to ICE custody among all 1,467 counties was just 5 immigrants.

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