According to statistics released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Donald Trump, arrests of illegal aliens increased 32.6 percent in the first few weeks of the Trump presidency.
According to numbers released to The Washington Post, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year.”
That’s almost 75 percent of those arrested.
Additionally, arrests of illegals with no criminal record more than doubled to 5,441.
While the total number of illegal aliens who have been deported, not just arrested, is down by 1.2 percent compared to the same period last year, the overall total number arrested increased by 15 percent compared to the same period last year.
Here’s how the numbers add up.
The Washington Post reports:
A spokeswoman for ICE said her agency “remains sensitive” to victims and witnesses and helps them obtain visas or stays of deportation in some cases. But she said anyone in the United States illegally could be deported.
ICE “focuses its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea said in a statement. “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.”
Nearly three-quarters of the immigrants arrested from Jan. 20 to March 13 had criminal convictions, an increase of 15 percent over the same period last year.
Overall, deportations are down by 1.2 percent, to 54,741 in January, February and March, compared to the same period last year. Elzea said it can take time to remove someone from the United States, but the number of noncriminals deported is higher this year, while the number of criminals who were deported fell. Despite his pledge to send criminals packing, Trump has struggled to get countries such as China to take their citizens back.
The president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, told Fox Business Channel’s Stuart Varney, “the handcuffs are being taken off the law enforcement agents, and we’re putting the handcuffs back on the criminals.”
Dealing with illegal aliens is one of the promises that Donald Trump made during the campaign season before he was elected.
While this is certainly good news, on the refugee side, the Trump administration has been resettling more than the Obama administration in the same time period as last year. Let’s see if Trump will have enough of these silly federal judges and simply enforce the law.