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Number of Deportations Decline While Immigration Arrests Rise in 2017

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statistics recently reported a decline in the number of deportations but an increase in immigration arrests this year compared to the same period last year 2016. The DHS reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported almost 226,000 from the U.S. for the fiscal year 2017 ending September 30, lower than the year 2016’s deportations by 6%. Officials cite the deluge of immigration court cases has increased the backlog of immigration courts and that less and less illegal immigrants are trying to cross the border for fear of being apprehended.
On the other hand, ICE arrested almost 111,000 individuals suspected illegal immigrants during the period of January 20 to September 30, 2017, an increase of 42% from the same period in the year 2016. Officials attribute the increase in immigration arrests to the Trump Administration’s aggressive immigration raids and sweeps of suspected illegal immigrants conducted along the borders, in communities, work places, churches, and even hospitals.

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