Illegal Immigrant Arrests Soar In Trump's First 50 Days As Border Crossings Plunge

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Even as so-called 'sanctuary cities' around the country ramp up their efforts to thwart the Trump administration on enforcing immigration laws, despite the risk of losing their federal subsidies, arrests of illegal immigrants spiked 33% YoY in the first 52 days of Trump's presidency. 

Of course, for the Washington Post, such a spike in the enforcement of federal laws is highly disturbing and perhaps even a direct attack on the rights of sexual assault victims.  

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21,362 immigrants, mostly convicted criminals, from January through mid-March, compared to 16,104 during the same period last year, according to statistics requested by The Washington Post.


Arrests of immigrants with no criminal records more than doubled to 5,441, the clearest sign yet that President Trump has ditched his predecessor’s protective stance toward most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.


Advocates for immigrants say the unbridled enforcement has led to a sharp drop in reports from Latinos of sexual assaults and other crimes in Houston and Los Angeles, and terrified immigrant communities across the United States. A prosecutor said the presence of immigration agents in state and local courthouses, which advocates say has increased under the Trump administration, makes it harder to prosecute crime.


“My sense is that ICE is emboldened in a way that I have never seen,” Dan Satterberg, the top prosecutor in Washington state’s King County, which includes Seattle, said Thursday. “The federal government, in really just a couple of months, has undone decades of work that we have done to build this trust.”

That said, we doubt very seriously that WaPo made the same arguments in 2014 when, under the Obama administration, immigration arrests were 37% higher than Trump's first 50 days...wonder why that would be?



ICE “focuses its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea said in a statement. “However, as [Homeland Security] Secretary [John F.] Kelly has made clear, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.”

Meanwhile, arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border plummeted in March to the lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years, a decline that Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said was "no accident" and directly attributable to the Trump administration's firm stance on enforcing immigration laws.

By region, ICE's offices in Dallas, Atlanta and Houston have recorded the largest number of arrests since Trump took office.

ICE’s Atlanta office arrested the most immigrants who had never committed any crimes, with nearly 700 arrests, up from 137 the prior year. Philadelphia had the biggest percentage increase, with 356 noncriminal arrests, more than six times as many as the year before.


The ICE field offices with the largest total number of arrests — more than 2,000 each — were in Dallas, which covers north Texas and Oklahoma; Atlanta, which includes Georgia and the Carolinas; and Houston, which spans Southeast Texas.


Immigration detainers — voluntary requests from ICE to law enforcement agencies to hold those arrested beyond their normal release so that agents can take them into custody and deport them — also rose, to 22,161. That was a 75 percent jump from the year before. But many were issued in areas that do not necessarily comply with ICE requests.

Of course, as enforcement actions surge so do claims of political persecution...

But Anabel Barron, an immigrant activist in Ohio, said she is facing deportation even though she is a domestic-violence victim who applied for a visa. She said ICE officials have affixed an electronic-tracking device to her ankle.


“I’m scared to go back to Mexico,” she said. “I’m losing hope.”


Others fear ICE is arresting immigrants in retaliation for asserting their rights, such as two dairy worker advocates in Vermont, who have since been released on bond, and a community activist in New York, who is detained.


“I honestly believe that ICE wants to send a message that this is what happens when you speak out,” said Boston immigration lawyer Matt Cameron, who represents the Vermont activists.

But perhaps ICE's message isn't "this is what happens when you speak out" as much as it is "this is what happens when you break the law"...just a thought.

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NidStyles's picture

It's still amusing that people still say illegal immigrants are getting arrested without having ever committed any crimes...


Last time I looked tax fraud and identity theft were jailable offenses, not to mention that them being here is illegal in the first place.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I have been amazed by the number of Help Wanted signs that have popped up along the roadside in the last month or so in Texas.

Still waiting for the less obvious signs of wage inflation.

NidStyles's picture

Same here in Arizona. The roads are less congested as well.


I was also happy to see a larger number of old 90's era Civics and Japnese mini-trucks for sale going up as well. So happy I bought a mini-truck for cheap. Let's hope the theft rate of cars goes down as well. It's so bad in some areas here if you turn your head your car will dissappear. The majority of car thefts are from illegals looking to send them south of the border.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


The roads are less congested as well.

Yes, I agree!  

Was not sure if it was true or not.

However, I know several illegals that returned to Mexico after the election, allegedly for the holidays, and have yet to return.

froze25's picture

Good keep up the good work. I got to tell you that my buddy just got into a fender bender with a illegal about 1 year ago. The guy tried to fake the whole "me no speak no English" bs, my buddy however has a Legal Colombian wife and speaks Spanglish fluently and started speaking to him in Spanish and then the illegal quickly started speaking English. Now lets clean up the voter rolls. "Oh, you registered to vote illegally, sorry deportation".

Handful of Dust's picture

Illegal arrests rise and ...

... crime rate plunges!


Retronomicon's picture

Once enough people get rounded up, then others will self deport.  To much risk to hang around.

No Time for Fishing's picture

Next step ending Birth Right Citizenship

Call your Congressman tell him get on board and support H.R.140 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017

Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States, or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

wren's picture

And we keep on winning!!!

Can't wait to see the Mexican meth and heroin trades decline!

Chuck Walla's picture

The amount of polka music noise pollution must be in decline as well.

spiral galaxy's picture

And the pipeline of Dem voters gets shut off. Winning :-)

Laddie's picture

The FACTS do not matter in the USSA.
The LAW is a weapon that the state wields against its enemies.

New York’s $1M Task Force to Stop Our Hatreds

IF you would like a chance to vent some anger and frustration, A good helmet and eye protection is a must:

Fun Days: Richard Spencer and Antifa to be at Auburn University on Tuesday, April 18, 2017!
"Update: The It’s Going Down website has announced that some Black Bloc from Atlanta are coming to Auburn. If you missed all the action in Berkeley, come to Auburn on Tuesday."

NidStyles's picture

Let them waste their money, it's NYC, they will get cut off as a Sanctuary City.


froze25's picture

Can't wait to see NYC squirm, they own the Assembly in NY state and the rest of the State "Mostly Republican" pays for the services they get. F'em

Handful of Dust's picture

ALL these Sanctuary cities are bankrupt...let them defy federal law and get their funds cut off. Trump needs to make clear it is the cities' choice whether to receive funds or not, by obeyihng federal law or not. He is simply enforcing/obeying the law.

AncientAviator's picture

Less illegals to support will also mean, hopefully, more money for American homeless and Vets, etc..

pods's picture

If they are here illegally, how can they say they have never committed a crime?


jeffglobal's picture

Thank you.  It's lonely out here in the land of logic.


But, 700 here or there when 300,000 anchor babies are made each year, and 50MM people are garrisoned already, seriously?  That's not even a flea on an elephant's ass removed.

SilverRoofer's picture


Now just don't arrest them


Akzed's picture

Mexicans now have more respect for our borders than Democrats do.

pods's picture

Round up em.

(It's safe, you can drink it)

ipso_facto's picture

'"I'm scared to go back to Mexico.", she said."

Look we don't care where you go as long as you go soon and we don't have to pay for it.

Handful of Dust's picture

Almost every mexican I know is a legal and they ALL want illegal hispanics caught and returned to Mexico, El Salvador, etc \.

They all say the reason they worked so hard to come to the USA was to get away from those mexican criminals.

chrsn's picture

Giving with one hand and taking away with the other

AllTimeWhys's picture

Mainstream media formula:


1.  zoom in the camera on one crying woman or child followed by said woman or child claiming they are scared with no mention of laws or any of those inconvenient things that damage their narrative.


2. Use footage to dupe 'muh sympathy' people who don't follow any news


3. call anyone who disputes them racist


4. ?????



pods's picture

The profit thing is falling. Newspapers are now being marketed as readable birdcage liners, and tv news is not watchable by anyone with an IQ over room temp.


wren's picture

TV news, what's that? Is it those comedy shows that come on CNN and MSNBC?

Handful of Dust's picture

Main stream media needs to get their actors lined up and camera crew, lighting, Merul Streep, etc and film a dead baby washed on the shores of the Gulf Coast....


Moar sympathy!

besnook's picture

we will know the trump plan works when wages rise above .gov welfare and americans return to the workforce.

biker's picture
biker (not verified) Apr 17, 2017 2:13 PM

Continuing to rig the system against everyday people in favor of large financial institutions and insurance companies

biker's picture
biker (not verified) Apr 17, 2017 2:16 PM

WHen the gun towers and armed lethal drones are activated on the wall,

they will be targeting and KILLING Americans fleeing south jumping the prison wall. If you have the chip, the drones will get you in yer sleep anywhere on the planet.


pods's picture

You are probably not too far off on that. 

Butchard's picture

This is a really dumb comment.

Minack's picture

Heh, "activists" and "advocates". More like enemy agents.

Pack it in, Paco, you're going home.


Thank you President Trump and AG Sessions!

pods's picture

As soon as the economy implodes again they will leave anyways. 

So I wouldn't bend down on 1 knee for Orange Jesus just yet.


Minack's picture

As soon as the economy implodes they'll be the first in line for assistance and monetary aid. At least, that would be the case if they weren't in fear of being caught and sent back to their homeland. No other candidate struck fear into illegal immigrants like Donald Trump. No other candidate would have appointed Jeff Sessions as AG. Be thankful for small blessings.

CHoward's picture

If you're here in the U.S. ILLEGALLY - you know what?  I don't want you to feel so comfortable.  I want you to be paranoid and have to look over your shoulder 24/7.  You're here ILLEGALLY!!  What the FUCK don't you people fucking get?!?!?

TrustbutVerify's picture

Illegality is illegal again.

Swamp Yankee's picture

Can't remember the last time we were on offence like this.   Winning!

GunnyG's picture

Head them up, round em up, and herd them the fuck OUT of America. Build the wall. Crime will plummet, our collective IQs will rise (except in Democrat controlled inner city enclaves), jobs will open up, our ERs will empty, and we'll save billions! 

Hulk's picture

Gee, thats interesting, that Idiot Scott Pelley stated on the news a month ago or so that Trumps "Boasting" of increasing illegal alien arrests was "fake news" and that January 2017  arrests and deportations was down from the prior January !!! What a fucking Moron. He wasnt even president for most of January !!!

Bunga Bunga's picture

But but but enforcing existing law is racist.

hooligan2009's picture

how many deported?

looks like a case of tens of thousands arrested, millions more to go

No Time for Fishing's picture

Next step ending Birth Right Citizenship

Call your Congressman tell him get on board and support H.R.140 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017

Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States, or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

DeathMerchant's picture

They need to heed what was done during Operation Wetback in the 50's

"Overall, there were 1,078,168 apprehensions made in the first year of Operation Wetback, with 170,000 being rounded up from May to July 1954. In addition, many illegal immigrants fled to Mexico fearing arrest; over half a million from Texas alone.["

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Who the hell does Trump think he is, enforcing the law?

Miss Expectations's picture

Let's see...

20,000/qtr = 80,000/yr arrested

11,000,000 illegals (a low number in my opinion) / 80,000 arrested/year = 137.5 years = the year 2154