Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests in the state of Georgia increased by more than 10 times in FY 2013 compared to arrests in FY 2007, according to a report by the ACLU, with apprehended persons from Central America nearly topping the list.
The report, assembled by the ACLU and several other immigrant rights groups, found that ICE arrests increased “by at least 953 percent between FY 2007 and FY 2013 (through June 2013)” due to feds working alongside local and state law enforcement agencies.
[ad]“ICE conducted 78,635 arrests in Georgia between October 2006 and June 2013,” the report, compiled from data gleaned from an ICE Freedom of Information Act request, states.
Interesting to note is that most of the immigrants arrested, or held under an ICE detainer, were from the same three Central American countries currently making headlines in the immigration debate, Guatemala (9.7 percent), Honduras (5.8 percent) and El Salvador (3.8 percent), with people of Mexican descent (64.2 percent) at the very top of the list.
Since 2007, at least 421 people from Nigeria – the African country whose national health minister recently called the Ebola virus a “national emergency” – have also been arrested in the Peach State.
While the report attempts to demonize cooperation between Georgia’s state and local law enforcement and the feds, the state with the most porous and longest stretch of border, Texas, has mobilized state resources to support U.S. Border Patrol and ICE agents in the Rio Grande Valley, sending reinforcements in the form of Texas Rangers, state troopers, game wardens and even the Texas National Guard to help thwart drug and human smugglers and other criminal elements exploiting the influx.