The humanitarian crisis at the border is growing more severe by the day, and some North Carolina lawmakers are intent on bringing the crisis home. As HB 370 (the bill to force sheriffs to comply with ICE detainers, as you may recall) and HB 135 (another bill that does essentially the same thing) reside in the House and Senate Rules Committees, respectively, here are some numbers to place North Carolina in the context of the larger crisis.
2 – number of weeks since the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Valeria were found on a bank of the Rio Grande River in Matamoros, Mexico
More than 50,000 – the number of people who are being held in facilities run by ICE
Close to 20,000 – the number being held in facilities run by Customs and Border Protection
900 – the number of people being held at a processing center in El Paso, Texas
125 – the number of people the facility was designed to hold
155 – the number of people being held in some individual cells
35 – the number of people the cells were designed to hold
At least 24 – number of people who have died in ICE custody during the Trump administration
7 – number of children who are known to have died in immigration custody since last year
56,278 – number of unaccompanied minors apprehended by U.S. Border Security this fiscal year alone
2,000 – approximate number of children in U.S. Border Patrol custody without their parents at any given time
72 hours – maximum amount of time minors can legally be held by border agents before being sent to the Department of Health and Human Services
11,800+ – number of unaccompanied immigrant children under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1997 – year in which the Flores v. Reno Settlement Agreement was put into place, governing the treatment of children in federal custody and requiring that minors be kept in “safe and sanitary” facilities
65 – percentage of asylum cases in which the application was denied in 2018
325,000 – estimated number of undocumented immigrants living in North Carolina
48 hours – amount of time HB 370 would require North Carolina sheriffs to detain people at ICE’s request
7 – number of North Carolina sheriffs who have publicly expressed opposition to HB 370
25 – number of senators who voted for HB 370
65 – number of representatives who voted for HB 135
325 – People who showed up at Sen. Thom Tillis’ office last Tuesday to protest detention of children at the border
Sources: Flores v. Reno, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Vox, NBC News, the Washington Post, Pew Research Center, New York Times and Syracuse University.
Aditi Kharod is a student at UNC Chapel Hill and an intern at NC Policy Watch. Rob Schofield contributed to this story.