‘Noncriminal’ immigrant arrests double in past year: report

‘Noncriminal’ immigrant arrests double in past year: report
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The arrest of “noncriminal” immigrants more than doubled in the year 2017, according to The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials detained 37,734 “noncriminal” immigrants in fiscal year 2017.

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ICE arrests increased by 40 percent since President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE took office, the report said. Officials last year also detained a total of 105,736 immigrants who have been convicted of crimes, a number the Post said was a small uptick.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump indicates he's leaning against Mueller sit-down Trump rattled by White House counsel's cooperation with Mueller: report Falwell Jr. killed student newspaper articles critical of Trump: report MORE last year instructed prosecutors in the Justice Department to crack down on immigrants who commit crimes, adding that immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally after previously being removed will be “referred for felony prosecution.” 

Trump campaigned on a stricter immigration policy and has vowed to erect a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration.

Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department officials in December pointed to the Alien Incarceration Report, which details the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally held in federal custody, to make the case for Trump’s long-promised border wall.