Over the past year ICE raids and announcements have made the news. The Des Moines Register reports that the ratio of illegal aliens arrested by ice that have not been convicted of additional crimes has dramatically increased under President Trump.
Immigration agents allowed to go after any undocumented immigrant are arresting more people throughout the U.S., an increase fueled by rounding up people without criminal records, according to federal data released Thursday.
Over the first full 14 months of the Trump administration, 69% of undocumented immigrants arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had a criminal record. Over the final two years of the Obama administration, that number was 86%.
The shift reflects a policy of applying the law equally. The Register interviewed Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies:
In order to have a lawful immigration system, Krikorian said, ICE agents must go after all immigration violators, not just those who committed additional crimes once they entered the country.
In news reports and in political speeches, we often here about “undocumented immigrants.” This is political talk, not legal talk. Please do not be confused by people who talk about “undocumented” and “non-criminal undocumented.” Violating US immigration law is a crime. Buried deep in the article we find:
Corey Price, assistant director of enforcement for ICE, said it’s wrong to call any undocumented immigrant a “non-criminal” since they either entered the country illegally or stayed in the country after the expiration of their visa. He said that shift in approach has allowed his agents to drive up their arrest numbers, nabbing both convicted criminals and those who have violated immigration laws, “all of which are federal crimes.”
If you are someone you know is in the United States illegally, that person is committing a crime. It is best to seek legal help in situations.