Federal agents have arrested far more illegal immigrants in Donald Trump’s first 100 days than they did under Barack Obama just one year ago.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations deportation officers administratively arrested 41,318 illegal immigrants on civil immigration charges between Jan. 22 and April 29, according to agency data released Wednesday. That was a 38 percent jump over the 30,028 arrests made in the same time period in 2016, the final year of the Obama administration.
ICE has reportedly averaged about 400 arrests per day since Trump issued executive orders in January beefing up immigration enforcement. Those orders direct ICE to arrest all removable aliens — not just those convicted of serious crimes:
“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,” ICE acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement. “However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.”
ICE has made more than 10,800 arrests of noncriminal aliens so far in 2017, compared to 4,200 in the first four months of 2016.
As for criminal aliens, ICE has arrested 30,473 so far this year—a 20 percent jump from the first quarter of last year.