Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Total Immigrant Arrests Rise, Number of Noncriminal Immigrant Arrests Doubles

A protest march through downtown Dallas this month against what organisers say is an aggressive deportation policy A protest march through downtown Dallas this month against what organisers say is an aggressive deportation policy
Alfredo Watts | 18 April, 2017, 01:59

Agents arrested 21,362 illegal immigrants, majority convicted criminals, from January 20 through March 13. A prosecutor said the presence of immigration agents in state and local courthouses, which advocates say has increased under the Trump administration, makes it harder to prosecute crime.

Critics of the Trump administration's immigration policies say the targeting of "non-criminal" illegal aliens goes too far and ultimately undermines relations between immigrant communities and law enforcement.

"However, as (Homeland Security) Secretary (John F.) Kelly has made clear, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement". 5,441 of them involved undocumented immigrants with no criminal record, more than doubling the number of non-criminal arrests made during the same period a year ago.

The WaPo report, which divided immigration arrests into two categories, did not indicate if illegal immigrants with final orders of removal or those who had re-entered the US after a previous deportation were included in the "non-criminal" arrest total. After the election, however, he told "60 Minutes" he would focus on criminals and said he would decide later what to do with undocumented immigrants who are "terrific people".

Despite this year's dramatic increase in immigrant arrests, the Obama administration arrested more undocumented immigrants (29,238) in the first weeks of 2014.

The ICE field offices with the largest total number of arrests - more than 2,000 each - were in Dallas, which covers north Texas and Oklahoma; Atlanta, which includes Georgia and the Carolinas; and Houston, which spans Southeast Texas.

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

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"The law deports people". This was a shift from what he said on the campaign trail, when he called for a stricter policy on all undocumented immigrants. Most of it has to do with politics.

Texas will get yet another immigrant detention center run by a private company with a cloudy history, the latest sign of the for-profit prison industry's reversal of fortunes under President Donald Trump.

This statistic led some advocacy groups to label Obama the "Deporter In Chief".

In January, he issued executive orders that made all undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.