Over 41000 Arrested Since Trump Tightened Immigration Rules

The increase in arrests of people without criminal convictions has generated outrage across the USA from Trump opponents who believe otherwise law-abiding families are being rounded up.

Since Donald Trump became president, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 41,318 people known or suspected of being in the country illegally - a 37.6 percent increase over the same period in 2016.

But there was also a significant jump - of more than 150 percent - in the number of immigrants not convicted of further crimes arrested by ICE: 10,800 since the beginning of the year compared to 4,200 non-criminal arrests in the same period in 2016.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 security signed on January 25, just days after the Republican president took office. Officials said violent crimes such as homicide, rape, kidnapping and assault accounted for more than 2,700 convictions.

"ICE 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", he continued in the statement. However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.

Of those arrested nearly two-thirds had criminal convictions, Reuters said.

The number of arrests so far this year is 37.6 percent higher than the number of detentions during the same period of 2016. However, the agency did not specify whether traffic convictions were included under the term "convicted criminals".

The non-criminal arrests of at-large immigrants increased 52 percent.

"Their job is to enforce the law, and that is exactly what they're doing, he said". A section of one of the president's executive orders aimed to cut off federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities", was been blocked by a federal judge in California. "ICE will take action to remove individuals subject to a final order by a federal immigration judge".

The numbers released by Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan provide a snapshot of how the new president is carrying through on his campaign promises to make immigration enforcement a top priority.

  • Larry Hoffman