May 17, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Non-criminal immigrant arrests spike under Trump

Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP

Non-criminal arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have more than doubled under Trump, rising to 10,800 between January 22 and April 29 this year compared 4,200 over a similar period last year. Why that's happening, per ICE:

ICE will no longer exempt any class of individuals from removal proceedings if they are found to be in the country illegally.

ICE added that its "agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security."

More than 41,000 people in total were arrested on immigration charges in those 100 days, a nearly 40% increase from last year.

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