|(24 Feb 2020)
A total of 3,671 law enforcement agencies (LEAs) were sent detainers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials during fiscal year 2019. This figure is based on the latest detainer-by-detainer internal ICE records obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
According to its records, ICE sent detainers to LEAs in 2,158 counties in all 50 states.
ICE issues detainers asking local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to hold individuals up to 48 hours in order to give ICE time to take them into custody and initiate deportation steps. ICE views detainers as a foundation of its Secure Communities program.
Just 9 percent of LEAs received more than a hundred ICE detainers during FY 2019 or an average of two or more per week. And only eight (8) LEAs received an average of 5 or more per day.
The Harris County jail in Texas received the most detainers last year, followed by the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona and the Hidalgo County Jail in Texas. California tied with Texas in having the most LEAs in the top ten with the Orange County Jail, Los Angeles County Jail, and the Taft Federal Correctional Institution making the rankings. New York had two LEAs in the top ten - Queens Central Booking and Brooklyn Central Booking - both in New York City. Georgia was the only other state with a LEA (Gwinnett County Jail) in the top ten.
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