More immigrants arrested, fewer deported under Trump

Claudine Rigal
Mai 18, 2017

ICE arrests and deportations have dramatically increased during Trump's first 100 days in office, with the agency reporting more than 41,000 arrests of individuals known or suspected to be in the country illegally.

Homan said the increase in arrests stems from stepped up immigration enforcement, adding that morale has improved among agents under Trump because they are "allowed to do their job".

Data released on Wednesday confirms the heartbreaking stories we are reading everywhere are not isolated instances - a 158 percent increase in arrests of immigrants with no criminal history when compared to the same time period a year ago.

Arrests of illegal aliens living in the United States have skyrocketed almost 40 percent since President Donald Trump first took office, according to recent stats released Wednesday by immigration officials.

Of those arrests, three-quarters were convicted criminals, ICE said.

Despite the wider enforcement focus, immigration authorities are still prioritizing criminal aliens, according to ICE data.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations made the arrests between January 22 and April 29 this year, the agency announced Wednesday.

Homan cited a backlog in immigration courts and a drop in the number of people caught crossing the southwest border as reasons for the drop in deportations.

He said he wasn't sure whether the rate of arrests would be steady, but indicated it could go up if more jurisdictions abandoned the so-called "sanctuary city" policies the administration is trying to force them to stop.

The Feb. 16 arrest in New York City of an MS-13 gang member, Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, a Salvadoran national with a criminal history in the US which includes reckless endangerment in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, and disorderly conduct.

"If we don't call it out and stand up to it, America is moving in the direction of committing a mistake of historic proportions, driving millions of immigrants who are deeply rooted in our country out of the country they now call home", said Sharry.

"ICE deportations and large-scale enforcement operations all but stopped during the past eight years".

"When a federal judge makes a decision and issues an order that order needs to mean something".

The number of people deported from the US has declined under President Donald Trump.

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