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US: More immigrants arrested, fewer deported under Trump

By on May 17, 2017

In this Feb. 9, 2017, photo provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE agents at a home in Atlanta, during a targeted enforcement operation aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens. (Bryan Cox/ICE via AP)

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The number of people arrested by immigration agents in the early months of the Trump administration increased dramatically and is up nearly 40 percent compared to last year.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says agents arrested 41,300 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally during a 100-day period from Jan. 22 to April 29.

The agency said Wednesday that 30,000 immigrants were arrested in a comparable period in 2016. Most of those arrested had criminal convictions but one in four arrested immigrants did not, which means that the figures for the latter group more than doubled from last year. 

However, the number of people deported from the U.S. has declined under President Donald Trump, even though on January 25 he signed executive orders to boost deportations.

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