ICE arrests, deportations way up in Georgia, Carolinas amid Trump era

A U.S. Border Patrol officer stands near prototypes of President Trump's proposed border wall in San Diego.   Frederic J. Brown    
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A U.S. Border Patrol officer stands near prototypes of President Trump's proposed border wall in San Diego. Frederic J. Brown AFP Getty Images

Arrests by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have hit a 45-year low but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led arrests have surged, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump made bolstering immigration enforcement the centerpiece of his campaign for the White House.

Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, said all immigrants living in the USA without authorization "should be concerned". The remaining 58 percent came from Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, up from 54 percent a year ago.

ICE says 105,736 of the people arrested had criminal convictions, up 12 percent from 94,751 a year earlier.

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ICE says 92 percent of arrestees since January 20 "were removable aliens who had a criminal conviction or a pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or were an illegal re-entrant".

Breaking with practices in recent years, ICE did not classify the people deported by the severity of their criminal histories, noting only whether the deportee had a criminal conviction.

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"We continue to try to lock people up to solve this problem and it actually makes the problem worse". "It absolutely destroys the lives of people".

Also Tuesday, more than 30 Republican congressmen sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan signaling their support for a "permanent legislative solution" by the end of this year that would shield from deportation immigrants brought as children to the U.S. without authorization.

But, ICE arrests between January and September rose by a staggering 42 percent compared to the previous year, with the agency putting almost 111,000 people behind the bars. None of those who signed the letter are from Georgia.

In September, he announced the rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The number of people booked into immigrant detention from within the country likewise jumped sharply, increasing more than 40 percent since Trump took office.

Homan blamed so-called "sanctuary cities" ― jurisdictions that limit cooperation with ICE, often by declining to detain people on its behalf if they'd otherwise be released ― for the fact that some of the immigrants arrested had no criminal convictions or charges.

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