Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

ICE arrests and removals up in Colorado

ICE arrests and removals up in Colorado

A new report released on Tuesday shows immigration enforcement under the Trump administration has been in overdrive. Nationally, immigration arrests increased by roughly 30 percent in the past fiscal year and deportations declined slightly.

The following numbers show the arrests and removals from past three years for the Denver Area of Responsibility, which includes both Colorado and Wyoming.

In a conference call, ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan voiced the need to close loopholes and "crack down on sanctuary cities".

"This is what enforcing the law as Congress adopted looks like", he said.

"If you're in this country illegally and you enter this country illegally, which is a crime within itself - let's remember that - and yet you commit a crime against a citizen of this country, you are a priority for arrest", said Homan. "Knowingly releasing a public safety threat into the public is just bad".

DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said the numbers reflect the president's "security-focused agenda".

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From the beginning of the Trump Administration in January through the rest of the fiscal year, which ended on September 30, ICE says Enforcement and Removal Operations arrests increased 40 percent. While in Maryland, 1,666 people were arrested in immigration enforcement operations, according to data provided by ICE.

ICE reports the number of removals from the same timeframe that resulted from an ICE arrest increased 37 percent. But overall removals, which include people apprehended at the border, are lower than past year because there simply haven't been as many immigrants entering the country illegally. It is sending more of those people home than in the past-more than 60,000 since Trump took office compared to almost 45,000 in the same period the previous year.

As border crossings have declined this year, the interior of the country has come to account for more of the total arrests and deportations. That's in part because significantly fewer people are caught crossing the southern border and deported directly - what administration officials deem key evidence their policies are working in deterring illegal immigration.

Border patrol agents arrested 536 gang-affiliated illegal aliens, including members of MS-13, Surenos, Paisas, and 18th Street gang members.

Overall, the agency reports HSI made 32,958 criminal arrests and seized $524 million in illicit currency and assets after investigating cross-border criminal activity in FY17.

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