ICE Is Very Eager to Show Off How Many More Immigrants It's Been Arresting Under Trump

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency celebrated how wonderful it feels about the 100 days since President Donald Trump signed executive orders ramping up immigration enforcement with a glossy Wednesday press release bragging about all of the immigrants it’s been arresting.


Deportation officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 41,318 people “who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally” between January 22 and April 29 of this year, according to the agency. As ICE pointed out itself, that means there was an increase of over 37% since the same time period in 2016.

ICE was also quick to point out that over 73% of the individuals arrested by ICE had been convicted of criminal charges. It declined to break down how many of those criminal charges were non-violent offenses, but violent convictions like homicide, rape, assault, and kidnapping accounted for about 2,700 of the charges.

“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 post. “However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law.”

Of course, ICE is giving us just one interpretation of what it has wrought in the past few months. Here’s just some of what the agency left out:


Fusion Video compiled the events of the same 100 days after Trump signed the immigration orders. You can watch those below: