Deportation arrests show increase under Trump

May 17, 2018 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has made 27 percent more deportation arrests during the first half of this fiscal year than were made during the same period last fiscal year, the latest piece of evidence that it is aggressively pursuing people who are living in the United States illegally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it made 79,286 arrests from October to March, compared with 63,623 during the same period a year earlier.

The figures show that people without criminal histories are increasingly getting caught. Shortly after taking office in January 2017, Trump lifted limits introduced by his predecessor, Barack Obama, to focus on people with criminal records and recent border crossers.

Convicted criminals made up 21 percent of immigration arrests from October to March, compared with 34 percent a year earlier.