ICE immigration arrests spike in first months of Trump presidency

Apr 18, 2017, 02:00
ICE immigration arrests spike in first months of Trump presidency

But it's important to emphasize that the number of ICE arrests has increased significantly when comparing these time periods - from 16,104 to 21,363 - and that almost 75 percent of the 21,363 arrests under the Trump administration involved illegal immigrants with criminal records.

The Post reported that "Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441, the clearest sign yet that President Trump has ditched his predecessor's protective stance toward most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States".

"‶My sense is that ICE is emboldened in a way that I have never seen", Dan Satterberg, the top prosecutor in Washington state's King County. "The federal government, in really just a couple of months, has undone decades of work that we have done to build this trust".

An ICE Spokeswoman said no illegal immigrant is safe from deportation. He said in the past, those individuals would have been "unlikely" to be deported.

The report stated that most of the arrests were of convicted criminals, but noted that there were 5,441 arrests of non-criminal aliens, more than double the total from previous year.

ICE's Atlanta office arrested the most immigrants who had never committed any crimes, with almost 700 arrests, up from 137 the prior year.

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But Miami mayor Carlos Gimenez, a Republican who said he voted for Hillary Clinton, pointed out thatICE arrests were much higher during certain years under Obama than they are now under Trump. Meanwhile, ICE detainers rose by 75 percent to 22,161.

The Trump administration also sought to deport more undocumented immigrants, although the overall number of deportations fell by 1.2 percent.

For example, he said ICE agents may move to deport an individual with multiple DUI offenses. Meanwhile, the Obama administration hardly prioritized arresting illegal immigrants with criminal records; during that same period in 2016, only 60 percent of those arrested were criminals.

29,238 immigrants, including 7,483 noncriminal ones. This was a shift from what he said on the campaign trail, when he called for a stricter policy on all undocumented immigrants.

However, some of the indignation may be more political than professional. The total number of immigration arrests was 16,104 for the same period in 2016.