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‘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 TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 SessionsAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 Next attorney general must embrace marijuana law reforms 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.