Under Trump, US immigration arrests are up 38% from a year ago

Katrina Soto
May 18, 2017

This, according to the release, is a 37.6 percent increase over previous year at this time.

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

"Those that enter the country illegally, they do violate the law, that is a criminal act", Homan said, while emphasizing that immigrants who pose a threat to national security or have criminal records are still a priority for the agency.

But other immigrants have also been caught up in enforcement efforts, including people who received leniency under the Obama administration.

Immigration enforcement operations have generated headlines nationwide since Trump signed an executive order on January 25.

The number of arrests of non-criminal aliens in New England climbed from 122 to 190.

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Under Trump, US immigration arrests are up 38% from a year ago

While almost 75 percent of those arrested were convicted criminals, arrests of noncriminal residents whose only crime was being undocumented have jumped 157 percent, from 4,600 between January and April last year to 10,800 arrests during the same period this year. On Wednesday, they said the immigrants arrested since Trump's executive order include Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, an alleged MS-13 gang member from El Salvador captured in NY in February; Juan Antonio Melchor Molina, a fugitive wanted for a 2008 murder in Mexico who was arrested last month in Dallas; and William Magana-Contreras, another reputed MS-13 member arrested in Houston last month.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the gang is "largely made up of illegal immigrants", but he added: "This is not about immigration status". Of those arrested nearly two-thirds had criminal convictions. ICE deportation officers arrested about 30,000 people in roughly the same period in 2016.

The statistics that ICE released Wednesday also showed a 50 percent jump in "the arrest of aliens at-large in the community", meaning immigrants not picked up in jail settings.

By morning's end, the agents had arrested three of the men for whom they were looking.

Violent crimes such as homicide, rape, kidnapping and assault accounted for more than 2,700 convictions. 'We are always questioned why we arrest someone who is not a criminal, but those who illegally cross the border are breaking the law.

"The cost of our current immigration detention system in both dollars and lives can not be justified", said Christina Fialho, one of CIVIC's co-founders. While this total would be much higher than in 2015 and 2016, it would be close to half the total in 2011 when, under the Obama administration, Ice arrested 288,392 suspects with 42% of those having no criminal history.

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