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Deportations are soaring under Trump's orders.

In the 100 days after President Trump signed an executive order accelerating immigration enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested nearly 40 percent more undocumented immigrants than during the same period a year ago--with the biggest increase being arrests of non-criminal aliens, rather than the criminal aliens Trump said he would focus on.

According to ICE data, deportation officers arrested 41,318 illegal aliens between January 22 and April 29, or 37.6 percent more than the 30,028 arrests made between January 24, 2016, and April 30, 2016.

But while the Trump Administration initially said it would focus on undocumented immigrants with criminal records, the figures show the reverse is true.

Arrests of those with criminal records rose just 18 percent, from 25,786 to 30,473.

But arrests of those without criminal records soared from 4,242 to 10,845--a jump of more than 150 percent.

Of the increase in arrests, 58 percent were of non-criminals.

"ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens," ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement accompanying the report, despite what the numbers showed. "However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law."

Homan said that nearly 75 percent of the undocumented immigrants arrested this year had a criminal record "ranging from homicide and assault to sexual abuse and drug-related charges." In 2017, President Barack Obama's final year in office, 92 percent of those arrested by ICE had criminal records.

"I get asked a lot why we arrest somebody that's not a criminal," Homan told USA Today. "Those who do enter the country illegally, they do violate the law--that is a criminal act."

David Marin, director of enforcement and removal operations for the ICE field office in Los Angeles, told Reuters that, since Trump took office, some policies have changed. "In the past administration, there were classes of aliens that were exempt from being arrested," he said. Trump has reversed some Obama immigration policies and has said that

anyone who is in the United States illegally may now face deportation.

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Date:May 26, 2017
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