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USA officials say Trump has cast wider net for deportations

USA officials say Trump has cast wider net for deportations USA officials say Trump has cast wider net for deportations
Melinda Barton | 06 December, 2017, 09:41

The 2017 deportations were lower than at any time during the Obama administration, according to previous DHS statistics.

The U.S. government deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than it did previous year, even as it arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released on Tuesday.

ICE deported almost 226,000 people from the United States in the 2017 fiscal year by the end of September, which is 6 percent less than the previous year.

So far this year, D.C. and Virginia combined saw 4,163 people arrested in ICE raids.

Another reason for fewer deportations was that although immigration arrests are up, a burgeoning backlog in US immigration courts has slowed the removal of immigrants who claim they will be harmed if they are deported to their home countries. Unions representing workers from both agencies endorsed Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who picked immigration as one of the key areas to focus on, is keeping his promise by cracking down heavily on immigration policies.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who headed the president's opioid commission, said last week at a hearing with legislators in Baltimore that global drug trafficking problems regarding synthetic painkillers fentanyl and carfentanil need to be addressed before they become even worse in the U.S. Arrests were up 20 percent over the same period, from 2,284 in 2016. In this year alone, there has been a 92 percent jump in arrests of criminal illegal immigrants and an 83 percent surge in MS-13 arrests.

He also said those types of painkillers are going to make heroin and prescription opioids "look like child's play".

The release of the year-end border enforcement and immigrant arrest data came a day after the Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Trump's ban on travel to the United State by most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, along with some groups of people from Venezuela, can go into effect while efforts to block it proceed in the courts. "We want that barrier to have a safer and more secure environment".