Mapping the Trump Administration's Immigration Crackdown
A Kristen Bialik post for the Pew Research Center maps out the effects of the Trump Administration's immigration policies and enforcement:
After years of decline, the number of arrests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) climbed to a three-year high in fiscal 2017, according to data from the agency. The biggest percentage increases were in Florida, northern Texas and Oklahoma.
The article explains more of the trends in immigration arrests since Trump has taken office (e.g., though the number of arrests increased from 2016, the number of arrests was still higher in 2009) as well as the focus of ICE's activities around the country. The post also presents all of this new data in several maps, which illustrate the scope of the Trump Administration's enforcement of immigration law.
Here's how the post sums up the geographic trends apparent in the data:
The overall number of immigration arrests made by ICE in 2017 varied around the U.S., and the most arrests did not always occur in areas close to the U.S.-Mexico border or in places with the largest unauthorized immigrant populations (such as the New York and Los Angeles metro areas).
ICE arrests were highest in the agency’s Dallas area (16,520), which also saw the largest increase in absolute numbers between 2016 and 2017 (up 6,886). The Houston and Atlanta areas had the second- and third-highest totals in 2017 (each around 13,500), followed by the Chicago, San Antonio and Los Angeles areas (each with roughly 8,500 arrests).
Hat tip to Tanvi Misra for sharing the news of the arrest data and lending additional perspective to the new immigration arrest data.