Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:06

Immigration Arrests Rise 38 Percent in USA

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From January 22  through April 29, there were a total of 41,138 immigration arrests. From January 22 through April 29, there were a total of 41,138 immigration arrests. Photo: USA Hispanic Press

Washington.- Arrests of over 41,000 illegal immigrants by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since late January have jumped 38 percent.

 

As reported by the ICE, from January 22 - two days after the start of Donald Trump´s Administration- through April 29, there were a total of 41,138 immigration arrests, while in the same period last year the figure was 30,000.

Following a US President Donald Trump's executive order signed on January 25, ICE agents arrested daily over 400 undocumented immigrants, in order -according to the ICE- to strengthen security in the communities.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said in a statement that the agency is currently focusing on people with criminal records, to whom US President Donald Trump has described as "bad guys" during his presidential election campaign.

However, the corresponding figures in the first 100 days since President Trump signed his controversial immigration enforcement executive orders include the arrests of 10,845 undocumented immigrants with no criminal records, a 156-percent increase compared to 4,242 ones carried out in the same period last year.

According to the information released on Wednesday, 75 percent of all undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE were individuals with criminal backgrounds, while 12 months ago, during Barrack Obama´s Administration (2009-2017), a 92 percent arrested had criminal records.

"We are always questioned why we arrest someone who is not a criminal, but those who illegally cross the border are breaking the law. That is a criminal act. ICE's main assignment is to meet those federal orders," Homan said.

Even though ICE did not specify prisoners' nationalities, Thomas Homan stated that there was a decrease in arresting Mexican nationals and a considerable increase in the number of detainees from Central America, a trend that has been occurring in recent years. (PL)

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