Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

ICE immigration arrests explode in Trump era

ICE immigration arrests explode in Trump era

Overall, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 41,318 immigrants, and almost 75 percent of those arrestees had a criminal record.

Non-criminal arrests also increased by more than double since 2016; ICE arrested nearly 11,000 aliens in the country illegally in Trump's first 100 days compared to just 4,000 past year, the agency said.

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The report shows 41,318 people were arrested on civil immigration charges between January 22 and April 29, 2017.

Of those arrests, three-quarters were convicted criminals, ICE said. Last week, ICE reported that it arrested more than 1,000 individuals, including 445 foreign nationals, in a six-week operation targeting gangs.

As America's Voice executive director Frank Sharry said earlier today, in order to justify their inhumane actions, "these guys spin, distort, exaggerate, and dissemble nearly as much as the President they work for". "It is unfortunate that he basically is using the pain and destroying our families as a way by which to give red meat to his base".

While ICE touted the increase over past year, the numbers are similar to arrest rates during the Obama administration before a prioritization system was created by then-Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson in late 2014.

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.

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Magana-Gonzalez said he knew his prior deportation and criminal conviction made him a target for ICE, but he had hoped "to stay until my daughter's 18th birthday".

A section of one of the president's executive orders aimed to cut off federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities", was been blocked by a federal judge in California.

The police chief's comments highlighted a sharp division between federal officials and some local law enforcement officials over the degree to which local agencies should be involved in immigration enforcement.

She was released and given three months to plan her return to Mexico, a country she left as a young girl. "They're going after people who have lived here for a long time".

The Trump administration has begun to reverse the Obama Administration's disastrous policies and is enforcing the law as written.

The increase of arrests did not mean an increase in deportations.

Immigration arrests doubled in the Miami and Dallas metro areas.

Although deportation officer arrests are up, removals went down by about 12 percent compared to the same period previous year, to about 56,300, Homan said.

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