Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deportation division—Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)—has been working overtime to meet the White House’s demand for increased deportations. We recently reported about the potential abandonment of the “sensitive locations” policy implemented by Obama, but that may only be the tip of the iceberg.
From January 24th to April 30th 2016, ERO arrested 30,028 individuals. During the same period this year, ERO was responsible for 41,318 arrests. That’s an increase of 37.6%--over 10,000 more arrests in the same 12-week period. That’s roughly 400 arrests per day. However, the most troubling part of that number is who ERO is targeting.
The Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly has confirmed that ICE no longer makes any class of individuals exempt from removal proceedings. While over 75% of the arrests made in this 12-week period were of convicted criminals, the comparison to previous years’ arrests is startling: despite an overall jump of 37% in total arrests, convicted criminal arrests only increased by 18.2%.
Non-criminal arrests, however, increased from 4,200 to 10,800 in the last year. That’s a257% increase in non-criminal arrests. Despite the increase efforts to widen the net, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan asserts that every person arrested by ERO who hasn’t been issued orders by federal judges already will be afforded due process.
Arrests of Convicted Perpetrators of Violent Crimes Increases
Our immigration law firm works to create safer, prosperous communities all over New Jersey. We do our best to ensure that every immigrant gets a fair shot at contributing to their communities while building a life for themselves.
For ICE, that means arresting criminals who have been convicted of homicide, rape, kidnapping, and assault—over 2,700 such arrests have been carried out in 2017. We agree that people who are a danger to others ought to be detained, immigrant or not. Where we vehemently oppose ICE policies is their broad attack on non-criminal or non-convicted immigrants, who are often regular people with families, who are a rich addition to their neighborhoods like any other American.
We will continue fighting for people who are facing increased pressure from ICE officers and infringements on immigrant rights. If you have a question about your rights, call us today.