Essex County among top areas for immigration arrests

Ten counties across the nation accounted for more than a quarter of immigration arrests in an eight-month period ending in May, according to a report compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearing House, or TRAC, a nonpartisan research center at Syracuse University.

More than a quarter (28%) of recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) so-called “ICE community 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.

ICE community arrests are defined as arrests made directly by immigration authorities rather than local or state law enforcement.

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. Federal immigration agents in Essex County, New Jersey, made 676 arrests, during that time span without assistance from local police.

New Jersey accounted for a total of 10,666 immigration arrests, including 4,735 arrests made in Essex County, 1,824 in Burlington County, 774 in Hudson County, and 412 in Monmouth County.

There were 363 arrests made in Cumberland County, 347 in Bergen County, 346 in Passaic County, 314 in Sussex County, 311 in Ocean County, and 274 in Mercer County.

Middlesex County had 264 arrests, 203 arrests were made in Morris County, 195 in Union County, 105 in Atlantic County, 85 in Camden County, and 46 in Salem County.

Only 44 arrests were made in Cape May County, 10 in Hunterdon County, eight in Gloucester County, and six in Somerset County.

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.

To read the full report identifying the counties where most recent ICE arrests occurred, go to:

The entire list of counties and the month-by-month figures on ICE arrests by type – along with much more – can be viewed in the second edition of TRAC’s ICE Arrests app found at:

In addition, there are many additional TRAC free query tools – which track Border Patrol arrests, ICE detainers and removals, the Immigration Court’s backlog, the handling of juvenile cases and much more. For an index to the full list of TRAC’s immigration tools go to:

TRAC is self-supporting and depends on foundation grants, individual contributions and subscription fees for the funding needed to obtain, analyze and publish the data we collect on the activities of the U.S. federal government.

The 10 counties with the highest ICE community arrests were:

San Bernardino County, California, with 982 arrests
DeKalb County, Georgia, with 931 arrests
New York County, New York, with 887 arrests
Harris County, Texas with 835 arrests
San Diego County, California, with 809 arrests
Los Angeles County, California, with 687 arrests
Essex County, New Jersey, with 676 arrests
Cook County, Illinois, with 656 arrests
Maricopa County, Arizona, with 657 arrests
Miami-Dade County, Florida, with 620 arrests

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