Immigrants in Dallas and North Texas are more likely to be arrested by federal immigration officials than any other region of the U.S.
In fiscal year 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, arrested about 8,000 immigrants in the sprawling region, which covers half the state and Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the number more than doubled to about 17,600. In the first six months of this fiscal year, ICE has detained about 8,300, according to the agency.
Some say the relative strength of the economy and the strong job market are luring more immigrants to the area and their larger numbers are likely driving up the number of arrests. But others say the increase has come as Texas has stiffened its immigration enforcement resolve and California has pivoted toward limiting federal cooperation.
North Texas law enforcement officials are simply more friendly toward federal immigration enforcement than other parts of the state, says Randy Capps, director of research for U.S. programs at the D.C. -based Migration Policy Institute…..Read More