The number of administrative arrests on illegal immigrants increased by 42 percent in 2017. Last year’s fiscal report by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows numbers rose from 110,100 in 2016 to more than 143,400 in 2017.
According to the report, a contributing factor to the increase had to do with President Donald Trump’s executive order on January 25, 2017, to remove classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.
Administrative arrests began to increase after January 25, when the EO was issued.
“Under President Obama’s administration, there was a prioritized list to deport immigrants based on different classes,” Jacksonville Immigration Attorney Stephanie Scarborough said. “Previously, ICE agents primarily targeted those who posed a danger to national security or threat to public safety, but now those provisions have been removed, so even immigrants that are on a temporary stay, that voluntarily check in and don’t have criminal records, are subject to deportation.”
The report states arrest of non-criminals comprised 26 percent of the ICE administrative arrests in 2017. More than 105,700 arrests resulted in criminal convictions. Primary deportation countries include Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador.