Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail that illegal immigration would drop under his administration. According to some new numbers, it looks like he’s delivering.
A press release from the Department of Homeland Security showed a dramatic reduction in the number of arrests and apprehensions at the southern border. In February, law enforcement agencies captured 18,754 individuals — down from more than 40,000 a year before. In March, that number was even lower at 12,193.
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At the same time, arrests by immigration officials away from the border increased by around a third during the first three months of 2017. Federal agents arrested 21,362 people in January through March, compared to only 16,104 in 2016.
The number of arrests of illegal immigrants with no criminal records since entering the country more than doubled in the first three months of 2017 as well. A senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told NPR
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