Immigration Arrests up 38 Percent Nationwide under President Trump
  [Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:05:00 AM]
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In the 100 days since President Trump signed an executive order enhancing immigration enforcement, the arrests of undocumented immigrants is up 38 percent from the same period in 2016.

ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan says his agency is focusing on undocumented immigrants with criminal records, the "bad hombres" that Trump spoke about throughout his presidential campaign. However, the data show that the biggest jump in arrests involved undocumented immigrants without a criminal record, a 156 percent increase from last year.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released Wednesday, between January 22 and April 29, ICE arrested 10,845 people whose immigration violations were the only marks on their record. That is nearly triple the 4,242 people arrested during the same period in President Barack Obama's final year in office.

Of all the people arrested by ICE this year, nearly 75 percent had a criminal record. In Obama's final year in office, 92 percent of people arrested by ICE in the country had a criminal record.

"I get asked a lot why we arrest somebody that’s not a criminal," Homan said. "Those who do enter the country illegally, they do violate the law, that is a criminal act."

ICE agents have been able to arrest more non-criminals due to an executive order Trump signed on January 25. In that order, the president expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants considered "priorities" for deportation.

Sources: (
USA Today, Wall Street Journal
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