Despite President Trump’s tough talk about deporting millions of “bad hombres,” the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants in the United States have no criminal record.
That poses a quandary for deportation agents who, prodded by the administration to get tough, have intensified the pace at which they round up not just criminal undocumented immigrants, but law-abiding ones as well.
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Of roughly 143,000 unauthorized immigrants living in the United States who were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 — a 30 percent increase over the previous year — more than a quarter had no criminal convictions. As for those who had been convicted, most were guilty of nonviolent charges including drug, traffic and immigration offenses such
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