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ICE Arrests Double Under Trump Administration

ICE Arrests Double Under Trump Administration

Over the first few weeks of the Trump administration, immigration arrests rose a whopping 32.6%. These arrests included undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions, but also thousands of immigrants with no criminal history at all. From January to mid-March of this year, there were 21,362 immigrant arrests, as compared to 16,104 immigrant arrests during the same period last year. Of these arrests, 5,441 involved immigrants with no criminal records, which doubled from the number of arrests during this period in 2016. This pattern of arrests only reinforces the fact that with Trump in office, times have changed for the majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. As a result of the increased immigration arrests, as well as the sudden presence of immigration agents in local and state courthouses, local prosecutors have experienced increasing difficulties in prosecuting crimes involving immigrants. Reports of sexual assault and other crimes by Latinos in Houston and Los Angeles have dropped dramatically since the beginning of the year. As for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a spokeswoman indicated only that all immigrants with no legal status were subject to deportation, and no particular category of these immigrants is immune from that possibility. Depending on the city, arrests of immigrants with no criminal records have doubled, tripled, or, in the case of Philadelphia, increased six times the numbers from last year. Immigration detainers, or voluntary requests by ICE agents to local law enforcement agencies to hold prisoners beyond their projected release for the purposes of deportation proceedings, also rose 75% during this period over the same period of 2016. Detainer requests increased even in cities and other jurisdictions who historically have not honored these requests. If ICE has detained a loved one, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible can be essential securing his or her release and fighting deportation. Taking steps to fix an immigration problem from the outset is often much simpler than waiting until the last minute and attempting to remedy the situation. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 today, and learn what we can do to help you through this situation.

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