Rise in undocumented immigrant arrests
In the 100 days since President Donald Trump signed an executive order to improve how the Department of Homeland Security enforces immigration laws, the arrests of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.Â have jumped to 38% — compared to the same time period last year — according to new data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The same data also shows that the biggest increase in arrests involved undocumented immigrants with no criminal history — rising to 156%, compared to last year.
Under then President Barack Obama, undocumented immigrants had to be convicted of a felony or several misdemeanors to be considered a priority for deportation.
But Trumpâ€™s January 25 executive order broadens that pool. Undocumented immigrants need not be convicted to become a priority for deportation — they just need to be arrested for a crime.
For undocumented immigrants who have already been arrested, ICE tells them they will get their day in court, and be able to fight back against their deportation.
The agency says despite their undocumented status, they will receive due process afforded to them under the law.