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Immigration Arrests Up Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

During the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested 41,000 people living illegally in the U.S.


That is nearly 40 percent more than were arrested during the same period of President Barack Obama’s last year in office.


Among the biggest classification of people arrested by ICE: those whose only crime was being in the country illegally.


Nearly 11,000 of the 41,000 had no criminal conviction compared to 4,200 last year. ICE said criminal convictions remain a priority and that those made up 75 percent of the arrests.


ICE arrested 2,700 with convictions for what the agency considers violent crimes, such as homicide, rape, kidnapping and assault.


Randy Capps researches deportations for the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.


"Congress is now debating a bill that would authorize much larger numbers of ICE officers," Capps said.


If it’s passes, the bill will add 10,000 new agents. That could drastically increase the number of arrests made.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.