Immigrant arrests soar under Trump, fewer deported

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Making good on a promise to overturn Obama-era immigration policies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests increased 38 percent during the first three months of the Trump administration. That's an 18.2 percent increase from a year ago during the same period.

Homan went on to say every suspected illegal immigrant that is arrested does receive the right of due process. "When we do encounter others who in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law".

"T$3 he vast majority-91 percent-of the arrests of immigrants with criminal histories-more than 27,700 people arrested over three months-had only a non-violent offense on their records, which could include offenses like simple drug possession, driving without a license, and entering the US illegally", notes Human Rights Watch.

"This is a crucial provision to ensure that (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) can arrest, prosecute and actually deter illegal immigration", he said. In that 100-day period, ICE officers arrested 41,318 undocumented immigrants. "Fewer than 10 percent of criminal arrests were because of violent crimes, so ICE isn't prioritizing its operations".

"This bill would heap new layers of wasteful misery on immigrants as well as their U.S. families and communities, under an administration whose harmful immigration policies have already gone to extremes", Meng added.

Unlike the adults who came illegally, who knowingly broke U.S immigration laws, there are many young people living in the United States who were taken to this country, illegally, when they were children.

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A House panel has started debate on a bill co-sponsored by an Idaho congressman that would, if enacted, mark a major step in enacting President Trump's promised crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The national unemployment rate is at 4.4 percent, awfully close to full employment.

Law enforcement personnel of a State, or of a political subdivision of a State, may also investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, or detain aliens for the purposes of enforcing the immigration laws of a State or of a political subdivision of State, as long as those immigration laws are permissible under this section.

"These statistics reflect President Trump's commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board", Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE, told reporters.

The report also includes specific cases in California that demonstrate that the cooperation of immigrant victims and witnesses have been crucial to numerous arrests and successful prosecutions. 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 as it welcomes immigrants.

Silvia Avelar-Flores, a 31-year-old mother of three from Utah, was picked up by immigration agents enforcing an old deportation order last month while she was shopping with her eight-year-old daughter in a Salt Lake City suburb.

"That increase is a result of recent guidance given by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to implement Trump's executive orders on interior immigration enforcement and border security signed on January 25, just days after the Republican president took office", Reuters adds.

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