Acting ICE director Thomas Homan said the statistics show that agents still prioritize lawbreakers: 30,473 criminals were arrested from January 22 to April 29, an 18 percent increase from the same period in 2016.
A new report from some of the nation's top law officials suggests that the Trump administration doesn't fully understand the law when it comes to having local cops cooperate with federal immigration officials on matters of deportation.
- 30,500 of those arrested had criminal convictions, compared to 25,800 for the earlier period.
Deportations under Trump have actually fallen by 12 percent compared to the same period under Obama, Homan said, as more people arrested in the interior typically have more complicated cases that can get slowed down in the backlogged immigration court system.
The arrest data show a continuation of a trend that became apparent in the first two months of Trump's presidency.
"One of the most important aspects of immigration reform is bolstering enforcement of existing immigration law", Labrador said.
The growing number of arrests is partly due to the fact that ICE has been authorized to arrest all removable aliens, not just those convicted of serious crimes.
"In contradiction to Trump's past claims that immigrants with criminal convictions would be prioritised for deportation, almost 11,000 had no criminal convictions", Al-Jazeera reports. The national unemployment rate is at 4.4 percent, awfully close to full employment. But a mere fraction - 2,700 - involved violent crime such as homicide, rape, kidnapping and assault, the agency said. But opponents blame such policies for the rise in non-criminal immigrant arrests. The USCIS bill would focus the agency, which oversees the issuance of visas and grants immigrants the ability to enter the US, on preventing fraud and security threats and on protecting American jobs from being taken by immigrants.
New Sanctuary executive director Peter Pedemonti said there's been a tangible uptick in local arrests.
That forces agents to conduct fugitive operations on the streets and in the workplace, whereas in the past ICE could pick criminal aliens up directly from jail.
So far, the Trump administration's immigration enforcement record resembles the first term of the Obama administration: the high-water mark for deportation and immigrant fear in modern United States history. "Under the law, states would also be required to provide [the Department of Homeland Security] a wide range of details on all immigrants who are apprehended and 'believed to be inadmissible or deportable, ' including that individual's name, address, photo, and license plate number, as well as other identifying information", writes Devereaux. "As the data demonstrates, ICE continues to execute our mission professionally and in accordance with the law, and our communities will be much safer for it", said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan.
Some fear has been caused by press reports of potential executive orders, Healey said, including one that would seek to keep out immigrants likely to use a certain amount of government assistance but that policy has not been signed into law. He says, if you have a standard license or driver authorization card, local police will not detain you for your status.
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