Arrests of Caribbean immigrants in U.S. skyrocket

Author:  Edited from CMC
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says in the 100 days since U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders regarding immigration enforcement priorities, immigration agents have arrested more than 41,000 Caribbean and other immigrants who are either known or suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

handcuff smlLast month, ICE said the numbers reflect an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016.

Between Jan. 22 and April 29, ICE said its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers administratively arrested 41,318 individuals on civil immigration charges.

Between Jan. 24 and April 30, 2016, ERO arrested 30,028.


“These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan.

“ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens (immigrants).

“However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law,” he added.

ICE said nearly 75 percent of those arrested during this period in 2017 are convicted criminals, with offenses ranging from homicide and assault to sexual abuse and drug-related charges.

In total, since Trump signed the EROs, ICE said its immigration enforcement activity has resulted in more than 400 arrests per day, “including the capture of egregious and violent offenders.”