U.S. Immigration Arrests Up Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

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NEW YORK - U.S. arrests of suspected illegal immigrants rose by nearly 40% in the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, following executive orders that broadened the scope of who could be targeted for immigration violations, according to government data released on Wednesday.

The acting director of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan said that arrests by his agency jumped to 41,318 between January 22 of this year and the end of April, up from 30,028 arrests in roughly the same period last year.

Of those arrested almost two-thirds had criminal convictions. But there were also a significant jump - of more than 150 percent - in the number of immigrants no convicted of further crimes arrested by ICE : 10,800 since the beginning of the year compared to 4,200 non-crimminal arrests in the same period in 2016.

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That increase is a result of recent guidance given by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to implement Trump’s executive orders on interior immigration enforcement and border secuirty signed on Jan. 25, just days after the Republicans president took office.

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