‘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 TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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 SessionsThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe 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.