Mexico border arrests drop sharply under trump, new figures show

Mexico border arrests drop sharply under trump, new figures show

Mexico border arrests drop sharply under trump, new figures show

Meanwhile, deportations jumped by more than half, according to numbers released Tuesday.

Illegal migration was at its lowest level immediately following President Trump's election win, perhaps because President Trump's rhetoric on immigration deterred would-be border crossers.

ICE removed approximately 226,000 people from the country in the 2017 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, down six percent from 2016.

ICE has considerably ramped up its arrests of immigrants inland.

ICE administrative arrests are up around 20 percent in Colorado and Wyoming from FY 2016, and removals increased 145 percent from a year ago.

ICE released the statistics during a Washington, D.C., news conference, where officials touted stepped-up enforcement under new arrest and deportation priorities that make just about any immigrant in the country illegally fair game.

The president "is doing the right thing", said Thomas Homan, acting director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS.) But the agency's flurry of statistics proving its good work also serves as an argument against the need for Trump's long-proposed border wall between Mexico and the US.

Local immigrant advocates have decried the uptick in immigration detention and a harder line on enforcement that has ratcheted up anxiety in immigrant communities.

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Administrative arrests mean no criminal prosecution was associated with the arrest.

President Trump vowed to crack down on illegal immigration, promising to arrest millions of foreigners with criminal records.

. Under Trump, authorities have detained more people they happened to encounter while looking for immigrants they targeted as well as more immigrants with pending criminal charges.

The following numbers show the arrests and removals from past three years for the Denver Area of Responsibility, which includes both Colorado and Wyoming. Yet, he stressed again, no one is exempt from arrest and removal.

"This is what enforcing the law as Congress adopted looks like", he said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports its agents made 310,531 arrests in FY17, a decline of 24 percent from the year before.

The number of arrests made at the U.S. -Mexico border hit its lowest level since 1971, new Homeland Security figures show.

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However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's apprehension of people picked up for deportation away from the border increased 25 percent from past year. "We will feel more and more like we're living at the border".

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