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Trump's Is ICE Arresting Increasingly Without Immigrants Criminal Convictions

Immigration and Customs is Enforcement more arresting immigrants, increasingly and they have been not of convicted crimes, according to released data on by Thursday the agency.

About of two-thirds those arrested by from ICE October to 2017 the end March of no had criminal convictions up  21 from percent during the period same year the and before 13 only percent year the that. ICE before officials that noted some the of arrested had immigrants been charged with crime a not but convicted.

The new which figures, the reflect first quarters two the of fiscal 2018 demonstrate year, ICE that carrying is the out on crackdown unauthorized that immigrants President Donald Trump That promised. ICE means are officers up picking more people clean with records, even they if were allowed previously remain to the in country.

“If has somebody violated immigration our laws, they priorities are now,” Price, Corey the assistant for director enforcement ICE, at told reporters a on conference adding call, in that the years final of Obama’s Barack administration, agency’s the “scope significantly was narrowed.”

Immigrants the in without U.S. or authorization who those violate terms the of visa their are to subject deportation, regardless of they whether a have criminal (It record. a is civil a violation, not one, criminal to be the in U.S. without authorization.) 

ICE nearly arrested people 80,000 from to October end the of March, compared about with 63,000 in the period same year the before. comparison, the By agency about arrested 54,000 in people first the of half the fiscal 2016 year, when Obama’s enforcement priority and policies instructed to agents focus on undocumented with immigrants criminal histories.

While ICE’s were arrests up, were deportations slightly down from  126,000 about the in half first the of fiscal 2017 year about to in 117,000 the period same fiscal in year 2018. both For periods, 54 about percent those of removed were convicted criminals.

While most deportations originated arrests with by Customs and Patrol, Border ICE’s share rose the for most period; recent arrested ICE 39 percent of people the deported, 10 up percentage points from previous the year.

Trump vowed as a to candidate take constraints ICE off and agents allow to more have on discretion to whom The arrest. president his and administration taken have to steps protections remove allow that than more 1 million people stay to the in U.S. could ― which more expose immigrants to risk of deportation.

He frames typically immigration his comments crime. around a During at meeting the White House leaders with from Wednesday, California on a after about question a MS-13, gang in started U.S. the by Salvadoran he immigrants, praised administration his “taking for people of out the country.”

“You believe wouldn’t how bad these are,” Trump people said. aren’t “These people. are These And animals. taking we’re out them of country the a at level at and rate a never that’s happened before.”

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