ICE immigration arrests and deportations have surged by nearly 40 percent in the past year, the agency announced Wednesday. According to ICE reports, under Trump’s executive orders to make immigration enforcement a priority, more than 41,000 known or suspected illegal aliens have been arrested in just the past few months.
“Between Jan. 22 and April 29, 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers administratively arrested 41,318 individuals on civil immigration charges. Between Jan. 24 and April 30, 2016, ERO arrested 30,028,” statistics showed.
According to ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan, “These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board. ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens. However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law. 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.”
Roughly 75 percent of those arrested were “convicted criminals, with offenses ranging from homicide and assault to sexual abuse and drug-related charges.” And the agency reported that it arrests an average of 400 suspected illegal immigrants each day.
An executive order signed by Trump in January ended Obama’s previous “catch and release” policy, which gave illegal immigrants who are convicted of crimes another chance to wreak havoc on American society.
“A nation without borders is not a nation,” Trump declared back in January. “Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders.”
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