U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show that in March 2017 agents made 12,193 apprehensions at the U.S. -Mexico border.
Advocates say the Administration is going out of its way to demonize immigrants in order to justify the boost in enforcement activity. "The result of that is that, yes, you can call it words and rhetoric, and it certainly is, but it is changing behavior".
Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Illegally entering the country (for example, illegally crossing the border), re-entering the country after being removed or falsifying documents to enter the country are all criminally punishable.
The new office will also produce reports every quarter detailing crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
"The President's immigration actions and Muslim ban will make America less safe".
Now, like his predecessor Barack Obama, President Donald Trump is saying his administration is focusing on deporting criminals and not families or people who don't pose a threat to public safety. So far this year, ICE has arrested 8,557 non-criminals, which includes individuals who overstayed their visas or had been previously deported, up from 3,718 in 2016.
But the statistics, provided by an ICE official, also show the current year's criminal-noncriminal ratio is nearly identical to what it was in 2014 under former President Barack Obama - about a third of those arrested in 2014 and in 2017 were not criminals.
"This is the Trump era".
"Today, no one, not even immigrants rights advocates, is calling for immigration reform anymore", Nation contributor Julianne Hing wrote.
The figures contradict Trump administration claims that "most" of the illegals being detained until they could be deported had criminal convictions. In March, Border Patrol apprehensions fell to their lowest level in almost two decades.
The question is how successfully the administration can translate the tougher talk into sustainable policies.
President Trump is yet to deliver on his promise to roll back the unconstitutional and extra-statutory programs granting a renewable two-year amnesty to "Dreamers"- illegal aliens who came before age 16.
The agency has secured 33,000 additional detention beds and is considering waiving some requirements, including a polygraph exam and a physical fitness test, to speed up the hiring of more immigration agents.
He also ordered the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico and authorized a crackdown on United States cities that shield illegal immigrants. Regardless of its policies, the administration has an obligation to deal with the facts as they are, not resort to bogus claims created to exploit fear and incite anger.
A senior official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells NPR that the agency has been able to "open the aperture" on the types of immigrants it can target.
The protest, which was organized by a coalition of labor, immigrant-rights and faith-based groups, will start with a rally at 11 a.m.at MacArthur Park and end at City Hall. This was the most controversial provision that opponents of the law said would open up room for rampant racial profiling. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, the chief law enforcement officer in Frederick County, says ICE doesn't have enough men, women and resources to do what they need to do, and so he's eager to help enforce the law. "That's not the case". And through his executive orders, Trump is making the process of becoming a legal resident more burdensome. The number of refugees entering the United States has plummeted from almost 10,000 last October to fewer than 2,500 in April. "We have worked very hard for many years now to establish trust with the immigrant community", said Denver city Attorney Kristin Bronson, who took on the role in October 2016.