ICE Arrests Up Nearly 40% After Trump Enforcement Push
The immigration agency said it arrested 41,318 individuals who are either suspected or known to be in the country without authorization between Jan. 22 and April 29, a 37.6 percent jump from the 30,028 such individuals the agency picked up between Jan. 24 and April 30 of last year.
ICE said that the arrest of immigrants with criminal records increased by nearly 20 percent, from 25,786 in 2016 to 30,473 this year.
But the data also show that the arrests of individuals on immigration charges who do not have criminal records more than doubled, from 4,242 in 2016 to 10,845 in 2017.
Being unlawfully present in the U.S. is a civil violation.
“These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,” ICE acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement. “ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens. However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.
One of two executive orders the president signed on Jan. 25 ended the Obama administration’s Priority Enforcement Program, which directed ICE to ask for the transfer of an immigrant in local custody to federal custody only if the person had been convicted of a high-priority offense.