Immigrant arrests soar under Trump, fewer deported

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The report shows 41,318 people were arrested on civil immigration charges between January 22 and April 29, 2017.

The six New England states actually experienced a larger percentage increase during the benchmark period; 610 were detained, up 58 percent from the same period the previous year. While ICE said agents have arrested about 20 percent more convicted criminals than a year ago, the arrests of illegal immigrants with no criminal convictions have more than doubled.

ICE reported Wednesday that almost 75% of those arrested during the 100-day period in 2017 are convicted criminals.

Immigration arrests are up almost 40 percent so far under the Trump administration compared to past year, and more than one-quarter of those arrested had no criminal history. While most unlawful immigrants come to the US seeking a better life for themselves and their families, there are too many others who commit crimes against Americans, including murder.

"If we don't call it out and stand up to it, America is moving in the direction of committing a mistake of historic proportions - driving millions of immigrants who are deeply rooted in our country out of the country they now call home", Sharry said.

"Those who enter the country illegally [they] violate the law".

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operation officers are making more than 400 arrests per day now that they are no longer shackled by restrictions under the Obama administration.

ICE tells CBS2 that Gonzalez should not be in the USA, has a long criminal history, including burglary and domestic violence.

But President Donald Trump believes these policies are putting the American people in danger, and many other people agree. In the same period in 2014 the agency arrested 54,584 suspects, including 14,702 with no criminal history. Many of them targeted violent offenders with felony records on crimes ranging from assault to murder. He is the second U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainee to die in Georgia in the space of two days. Noncriminal arrests increased from 4,200 in 2016 to 10,800 in 2017.

"We are going to enforce the law on criminals as priority, but we are also going to enforce the law on non-criminals", Homan said.

Such cities limit their cooperation with federal authorities who enforce immigration law, including possibly not honoring immigration detainers placed on people in jail who commit unrelated offenses.

Deportations dropped about 12 percent due to a backlog in the immigration courts, according to Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan.

Parastoo Zahedi, an immigration lawyer in Virginia, said ICE is actively trying to deport one of her clients to Italy because of a conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

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