Arrests of Undocumented Immigrants with No Criminal Records Double


Included in the arrests were thousands of undocumented immigrants who have no criminal record, the Washington Post reports.

According to statistics requested by the Post, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants between January and mid-March, up from 16,104 during the same time period previous year.

Trump said during an appearance on "60 Minutes" after he was elected that his immigration policy would prioritize removing criminal undocumented immigrants.

The mayor of MiamiDade County said in a recent interview that he has fielded more protests over the city's immigration policies this year than under Obama.

ICE spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea reiterated Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's promise to apprehend undocumented immigrants regardless of their background. "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".

Additionally, the Washington Post's report indicating the biggest spike reported in the arrests of immigrants without criminal records, that number has actually gone down locally.

The more than 21,000 arrested in the beginning of this year is a roughly 33% increase over the same period in 2016 and a roughly 18% increase over the same period in 2015. Atlanta has experienced the biggest spike, with almost 700 arrests this year, compared to 137 last year.

Those numbers dropped, however, after DHS issued a memo in November of 2014 committing to focusing its efforts on arresting criminals and those who recently crossed the border.

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Overall, deportations were down by 1.2 per cent, to 54,741 in January, February and March, compared to the same period past year.

An executive order signed at the beginning of Trump's administration mandated that ICE will publish weekly information on detainers and list USA jurisdictions that refused to comply with them.

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.

However, some of the indignation may be more political than professional.

Advocates for immigrants say they also criticized Obama as the "deporter in chief" and waged a national campaign to create sanctuary cities to shield immigrants from deportation.

On the campaign trail Trump accused immigrants from Mexico of being criminals, drug dealers and rapists, using this claim as justification for the proposed construction of a wall along the southern border to mitigate the flow of undocumented people into the US.

In January, he issued executive orders that made all undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. "It's wherever they can find them".