According to the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, illegal alien arrests have risen by nearly 40% in the first 100 days of Trump’s term as compared to the same period in 2016.
ICE celebrated the news on their official social media account:
ICE ERO immigration arrests climb nearly 40 percent https://t.co/8ccSoV9XyI pic.twitter.com/O8jeazylVm
— ICE (@ICEgov) May 17, 2017
According to the statement from ICE, the arrests were made between Jan. 22 and April 29, 2017, and added up to 41,318 individuals on civil immigration charges. This was a rise of 37.6% of the 30,028 arrests made in the similar period the year previous, during former President Obama’s last year in office.
The statement made it clear that ICE attributed the rise in arrests to President Trump’s leadership and policy emphasis. “These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan.