Border Patrol arrests fall to a 45-year low while ICE detentions soar under Trump’s illegal immigration crackdown

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests during fiscal year that ended September 30
That is a decline of 25 per cent from 415,816 a year earlier; the lowest since 1971
Deportation arrests rose to 143,470, an increase of 25% from 114,434 in 2016
After Trump took office, ICE arrests surged 40 per cent from a year earlier
The numbers show that deportation officers are following Trump’s crackdown
Reasons for the precipitous drop in border arrests are unclear but Trump’s election may have deterred people from trying

DAILYMAIL.COM
5 December 2017

The federal government, in the most complete statistical snapshot of immigration enforcement under President Donald Trump, says Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low while arrests by deportation officers soared.

The Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal year that ended September 30, a decline of 25 per cent from 415,816 a year earlier and the lowest level since 1971.

Despite the significant decline, arrests increased every month since May – largely families and unaccompanied children.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose officers pick up people for deportation away from the border, made 143,470 arrests, an increase of 25 per cent from 114,434 a year earlier.

After Trump took office, ICE arrests surged 40 per cent from the same period a year earlier.

The numbers released by the government Tuesday show that deportation officers are taking Trump’s call for an immigration crackdown to heart, even without the funding increase that the president has sought from Congress for more hiring.

In February, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly scrapped the previous administration’s instructions to limit deportations to public safety threats, convicted criminals and recent border crossers, effectively making anyone in the country illegally vulnerable.

‘We have clearly seen the successful results of the president’s commitment to supporting the frontline officers and agents of (the Department of Homeland Security) as they enforce the law and secure our borders,’ said Elaine Duke, acting secretary.

ICE said that deportations totaled 226,119, a decline of 6 per cent from the previous year, but that number masks a seismic shift away from the border.

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