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Not since 1971 have so few arrests been made by U.S. border patrol, according to official statistics released on Tuesday. The Associated Press reports that illegal border crossings (as measured by the number of people apprehended) are down significantly since Trump took office, while detainment and deportation of illegal aliens in other parts of the country have risen sharply.
President Donald Trump has pledged to target illegal immigration, and build a wall on the southern border. But these totals actually reflect a very big drop in the deportation of aliens arrested right near the border, with a corresponding jump in deportations from around the rest of the country. And removals resulting from an agency arrest went up 37 percent since January 20, ICE said.
The number of people arrested crossing the USA border has plummeted to its lowest level in nearly half a century, new statistics have revealed amid Donald Trump's hard line on immigration.
The executive orders President Trump signed in January emphasized interior enforcement, which is also reflected in the national numbers, according to DHS.
During the same time period, the agency arrested more than 110,000 people, a 42 percent increase over the prior year. While people sneaking into the country illegally accounted for the bulk of the interceptions in fiscal 2017, about a quarter showed up at legal ports of entry and were deemed inadmissible by officials.
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ICE attributed the decrease to the decline in border apprehensions.
But that number masks a striking uptick in arrests away from the border.
- 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. But officials insisted the wall was still needed.
The drop, which was reported by US Customs and Border Protection, brought the rate of undocumented arrivals to the lowest level since 2000. That is a considerable decrease from a year ago, presumably due to a reduction in the number attempted illegal crossings into the United States. Immigration authorities caught just over half of the people who illegally entered the US from Mexico in 2015, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security.
"We are seeing a lot of people now who have long established ties in the United States", said Joanna Foote Williams, the Kino Border Initiative's director of education and advocacy, as about 40 men and a few women ate eggs, refried beans and tortillas.