Immigration Arrests Soar to More than 400 Daily

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The acting ICE director attributed the drop to a decline in arrests on the U.S. -Mexico border, where deportations of illegal border crossers are usually processed quickly, as well as a lengthy backlog in U.S. immigration courts that issue deportation orders.

Media captionWhere do America's undocumented immigrants live? The staggering statistic being reported on by USA Today is that arrests rose 38% in the first three months under the new administration. "They would provide rocket fuel for President Trump's mass deportation agenda". "I understand that they want to fix everything, you know, but they are going after the wrong people".

"This draconian bill is absolutely wrong", Schneider said.

The new arrest numbers support that claim, as many at the Department of Homeland Security say border security doesn't start at the border, but in cities, where actual enforcement leads to deterrence.

Now, Marin says, agents encounter more spouses, relatives and co-workers who did not commit crime but were here illegally.

The arrests of immigrants without criminal convictions has generated widespread outrage as it is believed that law-abiding families are being rounded up. Under the bill, those deportation officers would be heavily armed, with each officer issued "high-quality body armor" and "at a minimum, standard-issue handguns, M-4 (or equivalent) rifles, and Tasers".

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The recent deaths have drawn sharp criticism from immigrant rights activists, who have long decried conditions in immigration detention centers and called on the government to close such facilities.

To executives at the pro-immigration organization, the American Immigration Lawyers Associated (AILA), the mere prospect of Congress aiding in Trump's immigration enforcement measures is frightening. During Thursday's mark up, the Republicans defended the proposed legislation on law order and grounds, making the case that all laws surrounding immigration should be equally and aggressively enforced.

Nearly 75 percent of those arrests are convicted felons, according to the report, with charges ranging from homicide to drug trafficking, representing a 20 percent increase in arrests since 2016, as The Atlantic continues.

"This administration has sought to create a lot of fear and anxiety in immigrant communities to the point where they've stoked fears that taking your child to the doctor or school could result in deportation", Healey said in an interview.

Debate on the proposed bills is scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

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