A new report from The Washington Post shows that immigration arrests have spiked in the first months of President Trump’s administration, and almost three-quarters of those arrested had criminal convictions.
The report was released on Sunday and showed that “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants from January to mid-March, up 32.6 percent from the same time last year.”
According to data, ICE arrested 16,104 immigrants in 2016, and it was reported that 29,238 immigrants were arrested in the same time period in 2014, and 18,031 in 2015.
Arrests of illegals with no criminal record more than doubled at the start of Trump’s term to 5,441.
An ICE spokeswoman stated that Immigration enforcement “focuses its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. However, as [Homeland Security] Secretary [John F.] Kelly has made clear, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.”
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