June 22, 2018

More arrests, fewer deported under Trump

18 May 2017, 05:39 | Erin Grant

Immigration arrests rise 38 percent during Trump's first 100 days

Immigration arrests up nearly 40% under Trump; one-quarter had no criminal record

That's an increase of 37 percent over the 30,028 immigration arrests made during the same period previous year, under the Obama administration.

The number of those arrested by agents rose almost 40 percent between January 22 and April 29 compared to a similar period a year ago, according to figures made public by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

It is unclear how many people this year have been deported. Homan said Trump instructed ICE to concentrate on public safety and national security.

The officers were about to embark on a targeted enforcement action, aiming to pick up five men believed to be in violation of US immigration laws.

President Trump's tough stance on illegal immigration has paid off, according to new figures released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Despite reports to the contrary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say their agents never went to a New York City elementary school to question a 4th-grade student.

Another 10,845 immigrants with no criminal convictions were also arrested during that time period, compared with 4,242 during the same period a year ago. Another was at the top of ICE's "Most Wanted Fugitives" list.

While President Barack Obama was also criticized for deporting a large number of immigrants, a lot of them were recent border crossers apprehended entering the country illegally.

ICE did not provide a detailed breakdown of the crimes committed by people it arrested, but said that violent crimes ― such as rape, assault, kidnapping and homicide ― accounted for more than 2,700 convictions.

The data shows that in 2017, between 22 January and 29 April, Ice agents arrested 41,318 individuals, compared with 30,028 in nearly the identical time period in 2016.

Immigrant rights advocates challenge the notion that stricter immigration enforcement equals safer communities.

Of those arrested nearly two-thirds had criminal convictions, Reuters said.

"This administration has sought to create a lot of fear and anxiety in immigrant communities to the point where they've stoked fears that taking your child to the doctor or school could result in deportation", Healey said in an interview.

While arrests of immigrants rose, the number of deportations fell 12 percent during the period, Homan said.

"All of those arrested will receive the due process afforded to them under the law". He did not have the required immigration documents, according to ICE, so he was placed in the federal agency's custody at the Atlanta City Detention Center. "Those who do enter the country illegally, they do violate the law, that is a criminal act".

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