© (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) It has been a longtime priority of President Donald Trump to increase immigration enforcement in the United States.
The number of immigrants apprehended for non-criminal violations has skyrocketed in the first year of the Trump administration, even as the number of people arrested at the border for entering the U.S. illegally has dropped to its lowest level in decades.
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Immigrants taken into custody on administrative grounds jumped 42 percent since President Donald Trump took office in January, according to end-of-year data released Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security.
Immigration offenses such as entering the U.S. illegally for the first time are civil, not criminal, violations.
President Donald Trump has regularly promised to ramp up immigration enforcement, a priority that
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