Where are immigrants most likely to be detained and jailed?

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the three states with the highest number of arrests are Texas, 6,996, Louisiana, 3,436, and Arizona, 2,051, as of September 25. “Not surprisingly, counties in Texas and Southern California—focal points for ICE apprehensions—were the largest apprehensions,” according to the report.

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Immigrants are between 2 and 6 times more likely to be detained if they live near a detention center, says the most recent report from the organizations Detention Watch Network, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and the Ceres Policy Research.

The reportwhich was translated into español as “If You Build It, Ice Will Fill It: The Link Between Detention Capacity And Ice Arrests,” also claims that immigrants are more likely to be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in counties with greater jail and prison capacity.

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the three states with the highest number of arrests are Texas, 6,996, Louisiana, 3,436, and Arizona, 2,051. “Not surprisingly, Texas and Southern California counties—focal points for ICE apprehensions—were the top apprehensions,” the report said.

California is the fifth state with the highest number of arrests, 1,530, according to TRAC data. And one of its counties, San Bernardino, where the largest detention center in the country (Adelanto Detention Facility) is located, ranked third in the highest number of apprehensions, according to the report by the organizations.

Although the number of immigrants detained decreased during the pandemic, especially in 2020, the number of immigrants in detention centers has been growing during the administration of President Joe Biden, going from about 15,350 detainees at the end of 2020 to about 25,134according to TRAC data with a cutoff of September 25.

For years, advocates and New York legislators have pushed for the state to terminate their existing contracts with ICE, after seeing that New Jersey passed a ban similar in 2021.

To learn more about this report, we invited Gabriela Viera, Detention Watch Network defense manager. Listen to our conversation below.

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