California holds far fewer for illegal immigration

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fifteen sheriffs’ departments surveyed by The Associated Press in California reported declines in the number of immigrants arrested by local law enforcement who were turned over to federal immigration authorities since a new state law took effect in January. The table shows the number of immigrants released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the first two months of 2014, compared with a year earlier.

Eight other departments were also surveyed. Many gave partial responses but could not provide the full data: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Monterey, Orange, Sacramento and San Mateo.

County Jan-Feb 2013 Jan-Feb 2014 Decline

Imperial 59 50 15%

Los Angeles 1,143 818 28%

Merced 53 26 51%

Riverside 276 105 62%

San Bernardino 280 93 67%

San Diego 426 180 58%

San Francisco 60 4 93%

San Joaquin 105 24 77%

San Luis Obispo 29 28 3%

Santa Barbara 94 76 19%

Solano 21 12 43%

Sonoma 103 27 74%

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