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Immigration arrests up by 30% new report finds

In 2017 the United States saw the largest increase in arresting undocumented immigrants in that past 3 years, after several years of declining.

Pew Research Center, a think-tank, said on Thursday that a total of 143,470 people were held by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials last year – up 30 percent compared with 2016.

“The surge began after President Donald Trump took office in late January [2017],” the Centre, which analysed ICE statistics on administrative arrests, said in a statement.

A administrative arrest is a term that is used to describe the arrest of an undocumented immigrant in civil violation of US immigration laws.

According to the Pew Report, the states with the largest increase in arrests were; Florida, northern Texas and Oklahoma.

More than 16,500 arrests were recorded in the Dallas area of Texas alone.

The report also found that arrests jumped by more than 50 percent between 2016 and 2017 in the areas around the cities of New Orleans, Atlanta, Boston and Detroit.

However under former United States President Barack Obama, ICE arrests across the US were twice as high in 2009.

ICE officers carried out nearly 298,000 arrests in 2009 alone, but “this total generally declined in subsequent years,” Pew reported.


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