Immigration Arrests Jump Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

  • Immigration Arrests Jump Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

Immigration Arrests Jump Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

Immigration arrests have jumped almost 38 percent during President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, compared to the same time period a year ago. This number is a 37.6% increase from the same period in 2016.

According to a news release from ICE, 58-year-old Atulkumar Patel was detained on May 10 after arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport without the necessary immigration documents. Trump also allowed ICE agents to focus on undocumented immigrants who they deem to be a "risk to public safety or national security".

"As the data demonstrates, ICE continues to execute our mission professionally and in accordance with the law, and our communities will be much safer for it", Homan said.

Immigration arrests from January to April 2016 were lower than 2017, but 92 percent of those arrested had criminal records, as opposed to 75 percent with criminal records under Trump, according to data provided to NBC News by ICE.

Hundreds of cities across the USA have policies in place to protect illegal immigrants, they're called "sanctuary cities". This, according to the release, is a 37.6 percent increase over previous year at this time.

The sharpest increase in arrest rates were among those suspected undocumented immigrants with no criminal history.

In announcing the figures Wednesday, the acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thomas Homan, said his agency will take action to remove the detainees subject to a final order by a federal immigration judge.

Since Magana-Gonzalez's arrest, his case has been accepted for prosecution by the US attorney's office, and he will face federal criminal charges for felony re-entry after deportation. President Trump has emphasized his interest in getting serious criminals found to be in the US illegally out of the country, but data shows there has been an expansion in non-criminal arrests as well.

This rise in the number of arrests among those with no criminal convictions marks a departure from Trump's campaign pledge to target undocumented migrants he branded serious criminals. More than 2,700 of these criminal aliens are reported to have violent histories that include rape, homicide, and assaults.

Homan said "all of those arrested will receive the due process afforded to them under the law".

"When a federal judge makes a decision and issues an order that order needs to mean something", Homan said.