Map: Immigration Enforcement Activity Hubs

Secure Communities Removals by County, 2008-2015

By Bryan Griffith and Jessica M. Vaughan on May 4, 2015


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Number of Removals


  1 to 9
  10 to 49
  50 to 99
  100 to 249
  250 to 499
  500 to 999
  1000 to 2499
  2500 to 4999
  5000 to 9999
  10000 to 19999
  > 20000


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This map shows the total cumulative number of aliens who were removed by ICE in each county between October 2008, and February 2015, after identification through the Secure Communities program.

The total number of removals shown is 406,441, which is a subset of all ICE removals. The three counties with the most cumulative removals over the period were Los Angeles County, Calif.; Maricopa County, Ariz.; and Harris County, Texas, which all were among the first places in the country where Secure Communities was activated.

The cumulative totals are a function of several factors in combination: 1) the number of non-citizens who were arrested and identified in each jurisdiction; 2) ICE's ability to take custody and process the aliens who are identified; and 3) the extent of cooperation provided by county sheriffs. The greater the number of criminal alien arrests, ICE capacity, and local cooperation in a jurisdiction, the greater the number of removals ICE can carry out and, by extension, the greater the public safety benefits for each county.

The Secure Communities program was discontinued as part of President Obama's executive actions of November 2014. It was replaced by the Priority Enforcement Program, which has set up significant logistical and political hurdles for ICE in taking custody of criminal aliens.

Thanks to Center for Immigration Studies Intern Cody Donald for research assistance.