Immigration authorities have deported fewer people under President Donald Trump, but enforcement has spiked, according to data obtained by LifeZette from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
These seemingly contradictory trends are both likely true because of declining border crossings, according to an analysis of ICE statistics. The statistics show the United States has removed 54,471 illegal immigrants in January, February and March, a slight decrease from the 55,403 who were returned to their country of origin during the first three months of last year.
That decrease is due entirely to an 18.5 percent decrease in deportations to Mexico. Among illegal immigrants from the rest of the world, deportations have increased 30 percent, to 25,585. ICE officials said the deportations figures include people caught by Customs and Border Protection officers and handed over to ICE. Border crossings from Mexico have declined dramatically since Trump took office.
In another sign that interior immigration enforcement has been stepped up as Trump promised, ICE reported that it arrested 21,362 people from Jan. 20 — when the president took the oath of office — to March 13. That is a 32.7 percent increase over the same period in 2016.
This part is fundamental:
Only 53.2 percent of illegal immigrants who have been deported so far this year have criminal records compared with 60.2 percent sent home during the first three months of 2016. Among ICE arrests, the number of people without criminal records more than doubled, from 2,278 to 5,441. Non-criminals made up a quarter of all ICE arrests, up from 14 percent in 2016.
If they’re here illegally, they are already fucking criminals. By definition—no ifs, ands, or buts. So how is it, pray tell, that only a non-professional-politician, alien to the DC swamp and incomprehensible to its inhabitants, can be the only one among our national so-called “leadership” who gets this? Or is willing to act as if it matters?