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. ”These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan. The increase reflects arrests made not at the border, but in U.S. cities, so called ‘interior enforcement,” something critics say almost disappeared in the last year of the Obama Administration. According to the Department of Homeland Security: * ICE has arrested more than 41,000 individuals who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally. This reflects an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016. * Nearly 75 percent of those arrested during this period in 2017 are convicted criminals, with offenses ranging from homicide and assault to sexual abuse and drug-related charges. * The arrest of aliens at-large in the community increased by more than 50 percent. * The arrest of convicted illegal immigrants climbed nearly 20 percent. * The arrest of non-criminal illegal immigrants rose 150 percent, to 10,800 since the beginning of the year compared to 4,200 in the same period in 2016.
This is definitely good news, and the Trump administration is making a universe of improvement over what Obama did. But, we still have a very long way to go!