Immigration Arrests Up Considerably in 2017 Compared to 2016



Between January 25 and April 30 of 2016, under former President Obama’s administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division made 30,028 immigration-related arrests. During the same period this year, under President Trump, immigration-related arrests totaled 41,316, an increase of nearly 38 percent. Of those, 30,473, or nearly 75 percent, were criminal illegal aliens. According to an ICE press release, “Violent crimes such as homicide, rape, kidnapping and assault accounted for more than 2,700 convictions” racked up by the criminal aliens ICE has arrested this year.

This announcement comes on the heels of another revelation that ICE’s recent crackdown on illegal gang activities resulted in nearly 1,400 arrests, including 445 foreign nations and 222 members of the notorious MS-13 or Sureños gangs.

President Trump repeatedly promised during his campaign to enforce U.S. immigration laws, with a special focus on the apprehension and deportation of dangerous criminal aliens. According the Thomas Homan, acting Director of ICE, these arrests show that the president is keeping his promise so far: “These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,” he said. “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.”

Despite some setbacks, such as keeping DACA in place and conceding border wall funding as a part of the 2017 budget, the evidence indicates that President Trump not only remains committed to enforcing immigration laws in the United States, but that his efforts are already yielding results in some areas.

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Spencer joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    The media likes to pretend that Trump is somehow doing something he promised he would not do. Like when they say not only is he deporting those with criminal convictions but those who are here illegally. He said criminals would be a priority but never said anyone else here illegally was exempt. in the world of unreality that the other side lives in, enforcement has nothing to do with people making a decision to come here without permission.

    Obviously, the illegals are not as stupid as illegal advocates. If they won’t be allowed to stay, like the left insists they should be, they won’t come. I do think Trump could do a narrowly crafted program for certain “dreamers”, but certainly not the open ended program of Obama. Something limited to those who were brought here before age 10 and have been here for another 10, and that would not apply to anyone in the future. The left delays and fights every attempt to remove illegals and then they say we can’t deport someone who benefited by those delays.

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        Let me know when you say something coherent and actually relating to what I said.

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          Leland you show no comprehension adn the lack of our government infra-structure organization and do not even grasp the granularities of why you voted for Trump…really pathetic…..not you…because you can improve yourself but your attitude…..

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          Did he not promise to end the life-term to a two-term Congress political career? I thought you voted for that…..so you do not even know what you voted for…….

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            It is difficult to follow your arguments here. Perhaps you should take some instruction in proper use of the English language. It is a difficult language to master, no doubt. Having said that, we don’t need millions of additional people that can’t speak or read English. In fact many of the Central American illegals can’t even read or write in their own language.

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            WJ it is simple, you exhibit a lack of basic English comprehension and stamina to reading do not blame your lack of skills and probably already of age which translates to patience…….a fact to you and an observation……you should read more…