In the wake of last year’s election, one thing many may have wondered is if the U.S. would be seeing big changes in immigration enforcement, such as changes in immigration arrest levels. Recent federal data indicates that such arrests have gone up in the period following President Trump being sworn in.
The data involves immigration arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement between Jan. 20 and April 29 of this year.
Reportedly, this year, nationwide, 38 percent more individuals suspected or known to be an undocumented immigrant were arrested by ICE in this period than was the case over the same period last year. The arrest total for this period this year was over 41,000.
California also saw a rise in immigration arrests for this period this year. However, it was a less pronounced one. The ICE offices that cover California saw a combined arrest total that was around 5 percent higher than the one from the same period last year.
As a note, the data points to individuals without a criminal history making up a much larger percentage of immigration arrests in the above-mentioned period this year than was the case last year. This is true for both California and the nation as a whole.
One wonders what the next few years will see in immigration arrest totals, both nationwide and here in California.
Immigration arrests can lead to a person facing immigration detention and deportation. And this is not just a situation undocumented immigrants can end up in. Certain things can lead to an individual who is in the U.S. on a legal status being detained and facing deportation proceedings. Whatever circumstances have led to a foreign national facing deportation, legal guidance related to deportation defense can be a critical thing for them to have.
Source: KQED, “Immigration Arrests Climb by Almost 40 Percent Under Trump,” Julie Small and Lisa Pickoff-White, May 17, 2017