DHS reports border crossing hits record low as immigration arrests skyrocket
Released earlier today, DHS’ immigration enforcement data for October 1 2016 through September 30 2017 revealed that, although border arrests have sunk to their lowest levels in nearly five decades, immigration-related arrests throughout the country have escalated.
Border crossing apprehension has been on a downward trend for years. That it has declined further this year is not related to Trump’s harsh anti-immigration rhetoric, especially considering that Border Patrol officers are under more pressure to make arrests than they’d been previously.
ICE agents within the US interior are under similar pressure. However, unlike the Border Patrol, ICE arrests have gone through the roof, with removals increasing from 65,332 to 81,603 and arrests increasing from 110,104 to 143,470, from 2016 to 2017.
These escalations are a direct result of Trump’s immigration policies, which the President hopes to increase even further by requesting more detention beds, the infamous Southern border wall, and additional ICE and Border Patrol officers. Although none of these plans have been approved, that they are even on the table is a warning sign to anyone living the US who was born abroad.
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