Texas and California accounted for 47% of the deportations made under the Secure Communities program of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) between October 2017 and June 2018, a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) said today. ).
The latest data case by case, until June 2018, revealed an average of 1,975 monthly deportations in Texas and 1,087 in California, said the analysis center of the University of Syracuse (New York).
To prepare the report, the organization analyzed the fingerprint records sent to the FBI by local, state and federal agencies after the arrests and convictions.
Regarding the arrests, Texas and California top the list of states, since they account for 39% of the arrests made by ICE throughout the country.
In addition, nine of the ten counties in the country with the most deportations under the Secure Communities program belong to those two states, with El Paso (Texas) at the top of the table.
Other counties in Texas – Harris, Howard, Dallas and Hidalgo – occupy respectively the third, fifth, seventh and eighth positions in that list.
For its part, California has four counties among the ten with the most deportations: Orange, Los Angeles, Imperial and Kern.
Only one territory of another state, Arizona, is included in the list of counties: that of Maricopa, in second position.
TRAC recalled that the Secure Communities program is not the only one that contemplates deportations.
The study center complained that the ICE refuses to disseminate updated information on the arrests, as the most recent is dated May 2018, in order to compare these data with those of deportations, updated until June 2018.
According to May indicators, ICE said that Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Oklahoma were among the ten states with the most arrests but dropped several positions in deportations.
In contrast, South Carolina, Colorado and Illinois occupied higher places in deportations than in arrests.
The Secure Communities program, initiated during the mandate of George W. Bush (2001-2009), establishes a collaboration between local police departments and federal agencies for the detention of undocumented immigrants.