Some 90% of all illegal aliens arrested last year had criminal convictions on their records or criminal charges pending against them, according to a new analysis of data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement done by the Pew Research Center.
“Immigrants with past criminal convictions accounted for 74% of all arrests made by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in fiscal 2017, according to data from the agency. The remainder were classified as ‘non-criminal’ arrestees, including 16% with pending criminal charges and 11% with no known criminal convictions or charges,” Pew said.
In fact, it was former President Barack Obama who didn’t do that. “The profile of ICE arrestees has changed considerably in the past eight years: In fiscal 2009, the earliest year with comparable data, immigrants without past criminal convictions accounted for the majority (61%) of those arrested by the agency,” Pew wrote.
Overall, the number of ICE arrests decreased sharply during that span, from 297,898 in 2009 (the year President Barack Obama came into office) to 143,470 in 2017 (when President Donald Trump took office). However, last year’s total represented a 30% increase from the year before, with most of the increase coming after Trump signed an executive order to step up enforcement. …
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