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.
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.Reasons for the precipitous drop in border arrests are unclear but Trump’s election may have deterred people from trying.Via: DM