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

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

- In the roughly three months since President Trump signed an executive order on immigration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested almost 400 illegal immigrants a day, up almost 40 percent over the same period a year ago.

"These statistics reflect President Trump's commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board", ICE acting director Thomas Homan said in a statement. Non-criminal arrests over the same period went from approximately 4,200 past year to more than 10,800 in 2017, ICE added.

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

Brian Root, a quantitative analyst at Human Rights Watch said the data "confirms the heartbreaking stories we are reading everywhere are not isolated instances - an increase in interior arrests, especially of people with no criminal histories".

The non-criminal arrests of at-large immigrants increased 52 percent.

Despite the wider enforcement focus, immigration authorities are still prioritizing criminal aliens, according to ICE data.

Deportations are down about 12 percent during the same period to about 56,315 people this year, which Homan attributed to a significant backlog in the federal immigration courts and the fact that criminals sometimes take longer to deport because they are serving their sentences.

- 41,300 immigrants were arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally between January 22 and Apr. 29, up from 30,000 from January 24 to April 30 previous year. Now, ICE agents are allowed to round up anybody they encounter and arrest them if they're in the country illegally, which has driven up the number of non-criminals arrested by the agency.

Trump said that the ICE raids were simply part of his campaign promise to crack down on "bad hombres". "Absolutely", Homan said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.

"We are seeing that people are regaining a level of fear because ICE is starting to be more aggressive".

When President Donald Trump was running for the White House, he promised to address the issue of illegal immigration head on.

Ice spokesman Matthew Bourke said the agency's decision to release data for an unconventional date range was due to "increased media interest".

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