President Donald Trump promised to crack down on illegal immigration during the campaign, and his tough talk appears to have translated into measurable action, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests are up in the first few months of his presidency.
Between Trump taking office on January 20 and March 13, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 undocumented immigrants and deported 54,741 people. The number of illegal immigrants without criminal records arrested was 5,441, which was double in comparison to the number of arrests from that same period previous year.
Nationally, ICE issued 22,161 detainer requests during the first weeks of the Trump administration. Under Trump, arrests are up by 33 percent, but deportations are down by 1.2 percent.
"ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump", the headline stated. He also lobbied Congress to create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and granted work permits to more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
Also, the number of undocumented immigrants with no criminal records arrested has doubled nationwide, to just shy of 5,500. Under Trump, however, the DHS has greatly expanded the categories of immigrants targeted for arrest.
Watch Housley's report above and see the interview with Gen. Kelly below.
While Kelly said on Sunday's "Meet the Press" that just being in the U.S. "illegally doesn't necessarily get you targeted, it's got to be something else", ICE has said that individuals encountered in the course of targeted arrests of people prioritized for removal can also be arrested and subject to deportation.
Five months later, Trump was elected president, and US lawmakers began preparing for a new kind of immigration policy.
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And is used to transport deported immigrants out of the United States.
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 USA after a previous deportation were included in the "non-criminal" arrest total. A total of 7,483 of those arrests included people who did not have criminal records. Unlike arrests, deportations are not instantaneous acts.
An undocumented worker married to a U.S. citizen and father to three USA citizen children, who has lived in IN for two decades, crossed into Canada on a vacation to Niagara Falls and was arrested when he returned across the border. He was deported to Mexico.
But Anabel Barron, an immigrant activist in OH, said she is facing deportation even though she is a domestic-violence victim who applied for a visa.
Those who are arrested and detained disappear into an increasingly overloaded court and prison system.
The Trump administration is pushing ahead with plans for another 30,000 beds in detention facilities.
The ICE data break down arrests by region rather than state by state, but recent ICE actions suggest that ME has not been exempt from aggressive federal immigration enforcement.
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