Arizona Jails Are The Highest In The Country For Immigration Holds

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A disturbing new study, released yesterday, shows that Arizona’s jails are the highest in the country for immigration holds.

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According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued 28,682 immigration holds at Maricopa County Jail between 2008 to 2012. Los Angeles County Jail’s Twin Tower came in second with 28,621 holds and Harris County Jail in Houston came in third with 28,063. These numbers are, indeed, staggering, but when you consider that Maricopa County Sheriff is none other than the infamous, anti-Latino Joe Arpaio, it should come as no surprise at all.

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