More than half of the states with the highest rates of sanctuary state sanctuary status are in the South, the new Pew Research Center report finds.
In the Northeast, the region with the lowest number of sanctuary states, more than half the states are in “sanctuary states.”
That’s up from about 46 percent in 2016, according to the study, which was released Tuesday.
“The fact that more than one-third of states are now ‘sanctuaries,’ meaning they are largely segregated from federal law enforcement by state law, is striking,” said Matt Lewis, director of the Pew Research center.
“These new states are likely to see more of their residents targeted for deportation, and they are likely likely to face more scrutiny from federal authorities.”
In all, Pew found, there were roughly 12 million people in the U.S. who were subject to a “sanctio n” order or order to appear in a court, including more than 2.3 million in the “sanctions” category.
It’s an all-time high.
In 2015, there was just under 1.3% of the U,S.
population in the state of New York facing a state or federal sanctuary order, Pew said.
States that have passed such measures, including Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, have seen a surge in immigrants detained and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.
In 2018 alone, there have been more than 30,000 detentions, according the Washington Post.
The surge in the number of people in state custody, which Pew found to be up by more than 3 million, comes as the Trump administration has pushed to cut back the number and scope of ICE detenties.
The administration has argued that the policies are necessary to prevent violence and crime in the country.
A recent New York Times report found that the Trump-era administration is considering a plan to dramatically scale back ICE’s efforts to detain people and deport them.