Number Of Immigrants Without Criminal Records Arrested By ICE Triples In New England
Under President Trump, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are casting a broader net when it comes to who they're prioritizing for arrest. According to ICE data, the focus in New England appears to be more on immigrants with no criminal record.
ICE arrests of non-criminal immigrants living in New England without authorization have more than tripled so far this year.
Even before then-President-elect Trump took office, his message on immigration was clear — he planned to deport millions of immigrants living in the country without documentation. And, in an interview with "60 Minutes," Trump said he'd first focus on criminals:
What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably 2 million — it could even be 3 million -- we're getting them out of our country or we're going to incarcerate but, we're getting them out of our country, they're here illegally.
But looking at a breakdown of the arrests made by ICE since January, it's clear that non-criminals are being arrested at a higher clip. Nationwide, the number has more than doubled compared to the same time last year.
In the "Boston Area of Responsibility" — which includes all of New England — ICE has arrested more than three times as many non-criminals as of the end of April, 335, up from 104 last year.