Thursday, May 18, 2017

Arrests of Immigrants Up 38 Percent in U.S.

Under President Trump’s Administration, an average of 400 Immigrants per day are being arrested, more than 41,300 during his first 100 days, an increased of 38% in early 2017.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency said about 75% have Criminal records, but arrests of those without Rap Sheets have more than doubled from last year. Meanwhile, Deportations are down 12%, leading many to wonder where the Arrested Immigrants are, though ICE officials blame the Discrepancy on delays in Overburdened Immigration Courts.

The numbers released by Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan provide a snapshot of how the new President is carrying through on his Campaign promises to make Immigration enforcement a top Priority.

The increase in Arrests of people without Criminal Convictions has generated outrage across the U.S. from Trump opponents who believe otherwise law-abiding families are being rounded up.

The report was made public as the Trump Administration seeks to promote its accomplishments.

The President "puts this out to distract from the real affairs of our country," said Angelica Salas, executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles. "It is unfortunate that he basically is using the pain and destroying our families as a way by which to give red meat to his base."

Some highlights in the numbers:

— 41,300 Immigrants were arrested on suspicion of being in the Country Illegally between Jan. 22nd and Apr. 29th, up from 30,000 from Jan. 24th to Apr. 30th last year.

— 30,500 of those Arrested had Criminal Convictions, compared to 25,800 last year.

— 10,800 did not have Criminal Convictions, compared to 4,200 last year.

Immigration Enforcement Operations have generated headlines Nationwide since Trump signed the Executive Orders on Immigration on Jan. 25th.

Immigration Arrests doubled in the Miami and Dallas Metro areas. They rose 5% in and around Los Angeles and dropped slightly in the San Francisco area.

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