Trump has loosened the chains on Immigration and Customs Enforcement, unleashing them on immigrants at an unprecedented level.
President Donald Trump talked tough on immigration from the very start of his campaign, his controversial remarks on Mexico “not sending us their best” serving as an opening salvo to his successful 2016 run. And ever since taking office, he has delivered on his promise to make life difficult for immigrants, unleashing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers like never before, according to a report.
The Post reports that arrests by ICE officers have jumped by 40 percent since Trump was sworn in a little more than a year ago. Officials at ICE have enjoyed their new-found power and reportedly haev praised Trump for “putting teeth” back into their organization, as the Post put it.
While ICE insists that they focus their efforts on violent criminals and major security threats, numerous incidents of immigrants being arrested and deported who have done nothing more than live in the only country they have known for decades suggests that ICE officials are taking a lot more leeway in who they detain.
In fact, the report notes that the agency made an astonishing 37,734 non-criminal arrests in fiscal 2017, double the previous year. It is become a sticking point for critics who argue that Trump is waging war on peaceful immigrants and encouraging ICE to meet his deportation goals, no matter what the cost.