Under President Trump, ICE is finally correctly treating the very act of illegally trespassing into the United States as a crime.
A new report from the LA Times shows that unlike the Obama era, Trump-era ICE is not shy to arrest illegals without any additional criminal records.
While the left cries foul, most seem to miss the point entirely that being here illegally is a serious crime in itself that is also incredibly unfair to those in line to get into the United States legally.
As reported by LATimes
Between October and December, ICE officers here arrested 1,622 people without criminal records, and 637 people with criminal records.
The Atlanta field office, which covers three states — Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina — had the second highest number of noncriminal arrests at 1,592. That was about 41% of the arrests for that field office, where 2,343 people with criminal records were arrested by ICE.
“ICE arrests of noncriminals in the San Diego/Imperial counties reflect trends involving illegal immigration activity at the local borders, apprehensions made during routine fugitive operations and individuals encountered at the local jails,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE.
For other field offices along the border, the highest percentage of noncriminal arrests was 43% in Phoenix, where ICE took 733 people with no criminal histories into custody.
Some attorneys speculated that ICE was pushing to make more arrests before SB 54, a California bill limiting local police cooperation with federal immigration officials, took effect in January.
Other field offices in California did not reflect San Diego’s trend. In Los Angeles, ICE officers arrested 357 noncriminals, which was about 16% of the field office’s arrests. In San Francisco, officers arrested 373, which was about 22% of the field office’s arrests.
Within days of taking office, President Trump expanded the agency’s enforcement priorities from those with serious criminal convictions to a broader list of people including those who had any criminal conviction, who had been charged but not convicted, who had done anything that could be charged as a crime, or who had already been ordered deported.
According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis, noncriminal arrests increased 49% in San Diego in fiscal 2017. The Atlanta and Philadelphia field offices tied for the largest increase at 323%.
As stories about families whose loved ones were targeted have been repeatedly spotlighted by media across the country and data from Trump’s first year in office showed an uptick in noncriminal arrests, ICE has insisted that it focuses on criminals but that anyone without authorization to be in the U.S. could end up arrested.
“While ICE continues to prioritize its enforcement resources to focus on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security, the agency’s acting director has made it clear that ICE will not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens form potential enforcement,” Mack told the San Diego Union-Tribune on multiple occasions. “All of those in violation of our nation’s immigration laws may be subject to arrest, detention and, if found removable, he or she will be removed from the United States.”