The number of immigration arrests by the federal government has grown significantly while the number of arrests for other federal offenses have plummeted sharply in the last 10 years, according to research released Monday by the Pew Research Center. The news came as the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency was ramping up its efforts to arrest, detain and ultimately deport undocumented immigrants who have a violent criminal history in the U.S.
Pew’s research, based on a new report by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, found that one in every two federal arrests were related to some type of immigration-related violation in 2014, the most recent month available for applicable data.
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For full context, federal immigration arrests accounted for 28 percent of all arrests in 2004, 22 percent fewer immigration arrests a
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