During the same 100-day period in 2016, officers arrested 25,786 aliens with criminal histories.
For every arrest of an immigrant with a violent conviction, ICE arrested four immigrants with no criminal history and 10 with a previous non-violent conviction. While ICE said agents have arrested about 20 percent more convicted criminals than a year ago, the arrests of illegal immigrants with no criminal convictions have more than doubled. However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.
The ICE noted that almost two-thirds of those arrested during the period in 2017 had criminal convictions, ranging from homicide and assault to sexual abuse and drug-related charges. ICE will take action to remove individuals subject to a final order by a federal immigration judge.
President Donald Trump is following through on his promise to crack down on illegal immigration, which means America's estimated 11 million undocumented residents live in constant fear of deportation.
Non-criminal arrests also increased by more than double since 2016; ICE arrested nearly 11,000 aliens in the country illegally in Trump's first 100 days compared to just 4,000 a year ago, the agency said. But the biggest increase by far is among immigrants with no criminal records. While this total would be much higher than in 2015 and 2016, it would be close to half the total in 2011 when, under the Obama administration, Ice arrested 288,392 suspects with 42% of those having no criminal history. "Their criminal acts made them removable".
Since Trump took over in January, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees aren't being given the treatment they should, especially when they are sick, physically or mentally in certain cases.
Homan said the drop was due to the backlog in the immigration court system, the time-consuming nature of deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the country and a drop in people caught crossing the border with Mexico.
The rollback of an Obama-era policy that prioritized the arrest and deportation of immigrants with a criminal background over those without a rap sheet is having the intended effect, according to data provided Wednesday by U.S.
Brian Root, a quantitative analyst at Human Rights Watch said the data "confirms the heartbreaking stories we are reading everywhere are not isolated instances - an increase in interior arrests, especially of people with no criminal histories".
"We are a nation of laws, and ignoring orders issued by federal judges undermines our constitutional government", said Homan.