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In this March 30, 2012 photo, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent waits with other agents outside of the home of a suspect before dawn as part of a nationwide immigration sweep in San Diego. Federal officials say they arrested more than 3,100 immigrants convicted of serious crimes and fugitives in a six-day nationwide sweep. Officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the sweep included every state and involved more than 1,900 of the agency?s officers and agents. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Undocumented immigrant arrests are up 38 percent nationwide under Trump


According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released on Wednesday, the arrests of undocumented immigrants is up 38 percent in President Trump's first 100 days in office compared to the same period of time in 2016, USA Today reported. 

The data show the biggest jump in arrests involves undocumented immigrants with no record of criminal arrests -- a number that's jumped 156 percent. Between Jan. 22 and April 29, ICE arrested 10,845 people whose only crime was illegally immigrating, triple the number from 2016. 

"I get asked a lot why we arrest somebody that’s not a criminal," ICE Director Thomas Homan said. "Those who do enter the country illegally, they do violate the law, that is a criminal act."

Of the people that ICE did arrest, 75 percent had a criminal record. In 2016, 92 percent of people arrested by ICE had a criminal record. 

Deportations dropped. ICE removed 56,315 people from the U.S. in this period of time, a 12 percent drop from 2016. 

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