Trump's first year: Border crossings down, deportations up

Trump's first year: Border crossings down, deportations up

The number of arrests made at the U.S. border has dropped to a 46-year low, according to figures released by the Trump administration.

According to ICE, in FY2017 Homeland Security Investigations arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates, which was an 83 percent increase compared to the fiscal year before.

The patrol made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal year that ended September 30 - the fewest since 1971 and a 25 percent drop from 2016.

The following numbers show the arrests and removals from past three years for the Denver Area of Responsibility, which includes both Colorado and Wyoming.

He said that number dropped dramatically because Trump has taken border security seriously. At the same time, arrests along the Mexican border have fallen sharply, apparently as fewer people have tried to sneak into the U.S.

"We're bankrolling criminal organizations, we're enticing more people into this country and it's a public safety threat", Homan said.

While arrests near the US-Mexico border have declined, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Removal Operations (ERO) have drastically increased immigrant roundups far away from the crossings.

The numbers show illegal border crossings have dropped while arrests and removals of people living in the USA illegally are up both nationally and in Colorado.

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Shortly after taking office, Trump ordered immigration agents to change their priorities.

President Trump vowed to crack down on illegal immigration, promising to arrest millions of foreigners with criminal records.

Overall, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said, deportations over the last year dropped about 6 percent from the previous year - a number tied to the sharp decline in border crossings as well as a backlog in the immigration courts that process deportations.

The overwhelming majority of border arrests - 303,916 - happened along the south-western border.

ICE administrative arrests are up around 20 percent in Colorado and Wyoming from FY 2016, and removals increased 145 percent from a year ago. Under Trump's crackdown, federal officers were encouraged to arrest anyone they come across who is in the country illegally.

In March, former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testified to Congress that fewer than 17,000 people had been arrested along the southern border that month. That is a considerable decrease from past year, presumably due to a reduction in the number attempted illegal crossings into the United States. "We use walls and fences to protect things".

South of the Arizona border in the Mexican town of Nogales, numerous deportees who were eating breakfast Monday at a dining room run by a nonprofit group had been picked up in the US far from the border.