United States officials say Trump has cast wider net for deportations

Trump Administration Touts Border Arrests as Proof of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration

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Following Trump's order, the data shows deportations of undocumented immigrants arrested in the interior of the country increased during the 2017 fiscal year by 25 percent to 81,603, from 65,332 in the prior year, the Washington Post reported.

Local officials and immigration advocates say the Trump administration's policies have put immigrant communities on edge, with people afraid to go to school, report domestic violence, attend church or even seek medical attention.

ICE deported almost 226,000 people from the United States in the 2017 fiscal year by the end of September, which is 6 percent less than the previous year.

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Arrests by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have hit a 45-year low but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led arrests have surged, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Homeland Security. Unions representing workers from both agencies endorsed Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But ICE also took into account in a press release announcing the numbers that there was a 40 percent jump in removals since President Donald Trump took office on January 20 when compared to the previous fiscal year.

"If you're in this country illegally and you enter this country illegally, which is a crime within itself - let's remember that - and yet you commit a crime against a citizen of this country, you are a priority for arrest", said Homan.

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"It's good that the numbers are down", said Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner for Customs and Border Protection.

Between Jan. 20 and September 30, Homan said, 8 percent of the approximately 111,000 people arrested by ICE were "collateral arrests", or people who were not the original focus of the agency.

- The Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration is producing big results as D.C., Maryland and Virginia have together seen thousands of people arrested. He said most of those individuals were arrested in so-called "sanctuary cities", or jurisdictions that do not use local funds or resources to enforce federal immigration laws or that deny US immigration officials access to local jails. "We want that barrier to have a safer and more secure environment".

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