Arrest On Border Drop Under Trump Administration


The number of people arrested for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is at its lowest level in 45 years. That's according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security that analyzes how immigration enforcement is changing under President Trump.  

In the 2017 fiscal year, border agents made roughly 310,000 arrests, down 24-percent from 2016, and the fewest overall since the 1970s. 

Away from the border, arrests of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. surged more than 40-percent in the same period.  

Speaking to reporters today, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan denied that those arrests were a result of his agency targeting illegal immigrants at public locations like churches and hospitals.  

A spokesman for DHS told the "Washington Post" that the report was a "measure of the president's security-focused agenda."


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