The unintended consequences of our sanctuary state – Orange County Register

Consistent with campaign promises, the first year of Trump’s presidency saw a noticeable uptick in immigration enforcement — unfortunately, much of it was against noncriminal undocumented immigrants.

According to data released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency last month, both arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants without a criminal conviction increased significantly from prior years.

Of the 143,470 administrative arrests made in fiscal year 2017, more than one in four of those arrested did not have a criminal conviction, with 10.8 percent not having any criminal record at all. Notably, “at-large” arrests, those which occur in the community, increased significantly — from 30,348 in fiscal year 2016 to 40,066.

Additionally, whereas just 5,014 of those deported from the interior of the country in 2016 were people without a criminal conviction, in 2017 that number jumped to 13,744, according to ICE.

“The president has made it clear in his executive orders: There’s no population off the table,” Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE explained at a Dec. 5 news conference.  “If you’re in this country illegally, we’re looking for you and we’re going to look to apprehend you.”

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